Astronomers have detected an ancient stellar remnant that’s 10 times fainter than the dimmest white dwarf ever discovered. Fortuitously orbited by a pulsar, this cold and collapsed star consists of crystallized carbon — essentially making it an Earth-sized diamond in space. Indeed, this white dwarf would have never been discovered if it hadn’t been for the pulsar that spins around it.
Quantum teleportation via quantum entanglement has been something that a whole lot of the world’s brightest minds have been putting a lot of time and energy into, but so far, manipulating the weird rules of the quantum world to our own uses has been mostly elusive. But scientists at the Kavli Institute of Nanoscience Delft say they’ve managed to reliably teleport quantum info stored in one bit of diamond to another sitting three meters away (roughly 10 feet). Now, they want to go much farther.
Apparently, back in the 1970s, Russia discovered it was sitting on an absolutely enormous cache of diamonds, created by the impact of an ancient asteroid in the remoteness of eastern Siberia. And they’re just telling the world about this now. If estimates are correct, there could be more than enough diamonds in this one crater to supply human endeavors for 3,000 years.
Diamond is the hardest naturally occurring substance on Earth, and it takes a lot of pressure to crush one. With the machine called Z at Sandia National Labs in New Mexico, diamonds can quickly be melted and enough power can be generated in a split second to light 100 million light bulbs.
Yesterday, there was news of an 80 degree brown dwarf star and today, there’s a planet out there that’s one giant diamond. At this point, I fully expect to see reports at some point soon of a planet populated by sentient mattresses and a planet filled with naturally occurring high dollar casinos, as predicted years and years ago by Douglas Adams.
In Chennai, India, a man from Sri Lanka was arrested after was caught with 2,060 diamonds in his stomach. Indian officials thought he was acting strangely, to which he attributed to having a stomach ache, but when they took him in, doctors x-rayed him and found a cache of diamonds in his stomach. And yes, laxatives were involved later on.