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Astronomers Find Slow-Cooked Diamond the Size of Earth

About 900 light-years away, an ancient white dwarf star has cooled into a crystallized chunk of carbon — a diamond. But this isn’t just any old diamond hiding in space: It’s the size of Earth, and it’s 11 billion years old.

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cyclindk1213d ago (Edited 1213d ago )

Harvest it, deflating the value of diamonds on earth and saving a lot of very superficial human beings money which they will then use to cure all of the diseases and hunger in the world.

sjaakiejj1213d ago (Edited 1213d ago )

Thing is - diamonds have no intrinsic value at all. De Beers has an exclusive monopoly on diamonds and artificially keeps the price high, but the reality of it is that diamonds can be created in a lab at an even higher quality than that found in nature.

You ever hear the slogan "Diamonds are forever"? That's because they don't want you to sell them.
http://www.wyrdology.com/st...

mushroomwig1213d ago

'saving a lot of very superficial human beings money which they will then use to cure all of the diseases and hunger in the world.'

Sure, that would happen. In reality they would find other superficial things to spend their money on.

Panthers1213d ago

I see harvesting it to turn into an epic space battle. So, maybe more death?

Rute1213d ago

This got me thinking about how ludicrous it is to care so passionately about this particular allotrope of carbon. I wonder if there are some alien species out there who go nuts about other carbon allotropes like graphite or Buckminsterfullerene.

S2Killinit1213d ago

send a probe and bring it home so NASA won't have to depend on government funding to survive. alas it would take 900 years to get there at speed of light :P

mushroomwig1213d ago

Light speed is too slow, we'll need something faster..like ludicrous speed.

Bobertt1213d ago

In 1800 years USA and NASA probably wont be around and who ever is around would be surprised when it comes back.

S2Killinit1213d ago

lol lets hope humanity is still around by that time. The way I see it, if we haven't expanded into other planets, we don't really stand a chance. Earth can only sustain so much... sadly.

Bowzabub1213d ago

Reminds me of the book 2010. The only difference was that it was the core of Jupiter that was a diamond. Art imitating life or vice versa? Very deep.

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