Researchers Found a New, Easy Way to Turn Graphite Into Diamond

Since graphite—the dark material used in regular old pencils—and diamonds are both made from carbon, it's technically feasible to turn the former into the latter. You just need to apply a little pressure—about 150,000 times what the atmosphere on Earth's surface is like. But researchers at Stanford University claim to have found a shortcut. Read More >>

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How to Tell Real Diamonds From Fake

The jewellery market has been flooded with synthetic stones over the last several years; not just lab-grown gems but flat-out fakes. Here's how to tell if your rock is the real McCoy and not just a shiny bauble. Read More >>

This is the Oldest Fragment of Earth Ever Found

You're looking at the oldest fragment of Earth ever found: a zircon 4.375 billion years old, something that has deep implications in our understanding of the planet's formation. While some scientists said other samples weren't genuine, new research just published in the journal Nature Geoscience proves that this is the real McCoy. Read More >>

5 Crazy Places We Can Go Looking for Diamonds

Hold on to your engagement rings. Diamonds, according to an industry report, are falling off a supply cliff in 2018. As existing diamond mines are depleted even as worldwide demand increases—thanks, especially to a newly rich Asia—three months wages might soon buy you a much punier rock. Read More >>

It's Raining Diamonds on Saturn and Jupiter

We're a little late to the party on this one, but it's just too fascinating to pass up. A team of planetary scientists recently claimed that the mix of methane, carbon and lightning in Saturn's atmosphere is causing diamonds to be forged in the planet's atmosphere. Like, a lot of diamonds. Read More >>

Tiny Diamond Thermometer Can Take the Temperature of a Single Cell

Turns out diamonds have powers beyond bringing bling happy jewellery enthusiasts and hopeful lovers to their knees. Harvard researchers have figured out how to make the shiny little pebbles into the world's tiniest thermometers. How tiny? Small enough to take the temperature of an individual cell. Read More >>

New Material Could Cool Gadgets Even Better Than Diamonds Do (Wait, What?)

A research team from the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory and Boston College has discovered that cubic boron arsenide, a semiconductor, has heat dissipating capabilities that meet or exceed those of diamond and graphite materials once thought to be most efficient. Since these materials don't conduct electricity under normal conditions, building them into tiny electronic devices doesn't require the circuit insulation of traditional metal heat sinks. And since even synthetic diamond is expensive and limited in supply, a cheaper high-performance heat management material is the hot ticket in device design. Read More >>

Russia Has More Diamonds Hiding in an Asteroid Crater Than the Rest of the World Does Combined

If you had more diamonds than the rest of the world combined hiding under an asteroid crater, would you tell anyone? Russia was happy to keep that knowledge a secret until now, finally revealing plans to begin tapping into a reserve containing trillions of carats worth of diamonds. Read More >>

What Could Be Classier Than Completely Covering Your Car in Actual Diamonds?

Gemballa, a renown German Porche tuner, has recently announced the ultimate way to ugly up your luxury vehicle. It's created a sparkling paint finish made from actual crushed diamonds. Not metal flakes, not glass fragments, but nature's most precious gemstone. Read More >>


What's better than a quantum computer? A quantum computer in a diamond, duh. And if you're asking why we need a quantum computer inside a diamond, well, may god have mercy on your joyless soul. Read More >>

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Lil Wayne Wearing £1 Million Beats by Dre Headphones Is a Diamond Studded Mess

I'm a big fan of Lil Wayne. I was with him before he became good (pre-Carter days) and totally support his placement atop the hip hop perch but Mr. Weezy F, I can't support you on this. What the hell are you doing wearing a $1 million diamond studded Beats by Dre headphones at a basketball game? Read More >>


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