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.
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.
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...
'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.
I see harvesting it to turn into an epic space battle. So, maybe more death?
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.
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
Light speed is too slow, we'll need something faster..like ludicrous speed.
In 1800 years USA and NASA probably wont be around and who ever is around would be surprised when it comes back.
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.
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.
The science is fascinating. More importantly, I immediately emailed my wife and told her that I had a gift for her unmatched by any other husband in the known universe. All she has to do is go pick it up.
De Beers has just claimed the planet and is now called De Beers DIA-PSR J2222-0137… lol
So there are huge diamonds in outer space. That ought to be a great incentive to fund our space program.
“who can eat diamonds ?” As long as they’re not too large, anyone can ‘eat’ diamonds. However, I wouldn’t expect any nutritional value. You’d be better off selling them while DeBeers can keep the price of them artificially high.
“I thought that’s what science does–turn crazy ideas and fantasies into reality. Charming!” Actually, that’s what engineers do :)
now we just need to weaponize it. add a laser array behind, etch in soem focusing and BOOM, death ray. death star aint got shit on us,lol.
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