World’s Strangest

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Astronomers discover huge diamond planet

A planet twice the size of the Earth and made up mostly of diamond has been discovered by astronomers. Known as 55 Cancri e, the planet is one of five…

Queen Elizabeth II in Hyperspace!

What do you give a queen who has everything for her Diamond Jubilee? How about a territory in hyperspace? That’s exactly what Oxford University mathematician Marcus du Sautoy gave Queen Elizabeth II: he named a [...]

Buy a Diamond, Get a Free Gun

Like grandpa always said, nothing goes together as well as engagement rings and rifles. A jewelry store in Atlanta, Georgia, is offering a sweet package deal if you want both. D. Geller and Son is giving away a free gun to customers who buy a diamond. Owner Mike Geller said he got the idea, after seeing a [...]

The Missing Links: Russia’s Secret Diamond Stockpile

News From the Springfield Precincts The election is still several weeks away, but at least we know how Homer voted: * My Favorite Phrase of the Week: Diamond-Filled Asteroid Crater The Russians may have a secret diamond source that contains TRILLIONS of carats worth of dazzle. * The Nutritional Value of Last Meals Earlier this week, Matt Soniak served [...]

The Diamond Anvil

The first diamond anvil cell at the NIST Museum, from The Diamond Anvil Pressure Cell [pdf] by Gasper J. Piermarini and Stanley Block The Diamond Anvil is a simple lab device that scientists use [...]

Z Machine: Meet the X-Ray Generator That Can Melt Diamonds

Photo: Randy Montoya/Sandia National Laboratories/SPL Diamond is one of the hardest material in nature, but it’s no match for the Z Machine at the Sandia National Laboratories in Albuquerque, New Mexico. It can create [...]

The Diamond Sutra: The World’s Oldest Copyleft Book

In 1907, archaeologist Sir Marc Aurel Stein discovered the Diamond Sutra, a 16-foot scroll containing the Chinese translation of the Sanskrit Buddhist text, from the Caves of the Thousand Buddhas in Dunhuang, [...]

World’s First All-Diamond Ring

Feast your eyes on this, Neatoramanauts: the world’s first diamond ring. But but, you say, diamond rings have been around forever. Yes, but not like this: a ring carved straight out of a single [...]

7 Cancer Cures That Sound Like Sci-Fi Ideas

From diamond patches to genetic modifications, these might sound like they are merely sci-fi ideas, but they are real. Check out some of the most futuristic cancer cures being tested right now over at Cracked. Link html

Man Gets Dumped by Girlfriend, So He Sells the Engagement Ring and Buys Halo Armor

In retrospect, Eric Smith should have just bought the Halo armor directly: Her ring wasn’t perfect. After being reshaped, the white gold band was smudged and uneven. The diamond, instead of a traditional, glittering transparent gem, was a canary yellow, her favorite color. She’d spoken at length about her dream engagement ring, how she wanted the [...]