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(Slate)   What's that in the sky? It's a planet 40 light years away. Look again. THE PLANET IS NOW DIAMONDS   (slate.com) divider line 56
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2012-10-13 01:02:53 PM
Best headline yet on this
 
ZAZ [TotalFark]
2012-10-13 01:11:34 PM
I dare you to read that in William Shatner's voice.
 
2012-10-13 01:32:21 PM
www.terrariaonline.com
 
2012-10-13 01:45:05 PM

ZAZ: I dare you to read that in William Shatner's voice.


I tried, but Old Spice Guy just overpowers Bill about halfway through.
 
2012-10-13 01:47:00 PM
DeBeers is gonna be pissed.
 
2012-10-13 02:07:37 PM
This is about a year old
 
2012-10-13 02:43:53 PM

downstairs: DeBeers is gonna be pissed.



They can just call the "Space Blood Diamonds" and pay off politicians to have them outlawed forever.
 
2012-10-13 02:55:19 PM
Ahh, taking a big space truck with a bunch of strangers across a diamond planet called Midnight? What could possibly go wrong?
 
2012-10-13 03:06:35 PM

BarkingUnicorn: This is about a year old


Oh...that makes it less interesting
 
2012-10-13 03:11:16 PM

downstairs: DeBeers is gonna be pissed.


was going to point out that the ONLY reason that diamonds are expensive today is debeers.
without their monopoly/cartel diamonds would be cheap.
 
2012-10-13 03:58:32 PM
Debeers immediately begins lobbying to outlaw further space exploration.
 
2012-10-13 04:00:44 PM
3D print a warp drive and mine that sucker. Why we can't just 3D print all the diamonds we want here with our warp-drive capable technology is a mystery.
 
2012-10-13 04:06:46 PM
I bet it's the leftover core of a gas giant.
 
2012-10-13 04:13:28 PM

Relatively Obscure: ZAZ: I dare you to read that in William Shatner's voice.

I tried, but Old Spice Guy just overpowers Bill about halfway through.


Old Spice Guy overpowers anything.

Possibly the best job of casting a commercial in the history of television.
 
2012-10-13 04:16:50 PM
There was no solution. No diamonds. Just the dark and the cold.
 
2012-10-13 04:17:55 PM

BarkingUnicorn: This is about a year old


This is about 6000 years old, back when God created the heavens, the diamond planet, and weed.
 
2012-10-13 04:24:36 PM
CTRL+F "lucy"

...

thread fail

upload.wikimedia.org
 
2012-10-13 04:27:04 PM

RedVentrue: I bet it's the leftover core of a gas giant.


That's usually what's left after a species mines a gas giant for its hydrocarbons.
 
2012-10-13 04:31:08 PM
When women read this, will they shut up?
 
2012-10-13 04:53:38 PM

RedVentrue: I bet it's the leftover core of a gas giant.


Wonder what knocked its orbit so close to its sun that it blew all of the gas away.
 
2012-10-13 04:53:51 PM
That would sole a lot of shoes.

:)
 
2012-10-13 04:55:11 PM

SithLord: When women read this, will they shut up?


Momentarily stunned into silence maybe.
 
2012-10-13 04:57:16 PM
someone must have finally read Arthur C Clarke's 2061
 
2012-10-13 05:01:05 PM

SithLord: When women read this, will they shut up?

For a minute...
 
2012-10-13 05:23:13 PM

SithLord: When women read this, will they shut up?


Uh, no, because the vast majority of those reading science articles don't give a flying fark about such a boring mineral.

The ones that do are too busy drooling on pictures of famous peoples doing things and stuff in front of cameras.
 
2012-10-13 05:28:37 PM

Lionel Mandrake: BarkingUnicorn: This is about a year old

Oh...that makes it less interesting


I was mistaken; DNRTFA. This is new and still uninteresting. The "diamond" is only one of several theories about the composition of this planet. TFA is hyped speculation.

I was thinking of "Lucy," the dead white dwarf star whose diamond status is better supported.

Link
 
2012-10-13 05:33:06 PM

downstairs: DeBeers is gonna be pissed.


If the planet suddenly explodes we'll know why.
 
2012-10-13 05:42:14 PM
So how long until DeBeers begins construction of a Death Star to enforce artificial scarcity on the diamond market?
 
2012-10-13 05:58:09 PM

Dead for Tax Reasons: Ahh, taking a big space truck with a bunch of strangers across a diamond planet called Midnight? What could possibly go wrong?


Worst. Episode. Ever.
 
2012-10-13 06:46:38 PM

BarkingUnicorn:
I was thinking of "Lucy," the dead white dwarf star whose diamond status is better supported.

Link


kkinnison: someone must have finally read Arthur C Clarke's 2061

 
2012-10-13 07:50:42 PM

Cthulhu_is_my_homeboy: So how long until DeBeers begins construction of a Death Star to enforce artificial scarcity on the diamond market?


Won't happen, because it would take several times the GDP of the entire planet to build a Death Star. But if DeBeers wants to bankrupt themselves in an effort to build one, they can be my guest.
 
2012-10-13 07:53:08 PM
Our own diamonds aren't as rare as De Beers would like us all to believe, either.
 
2012-10-13 07:54:38 PM

Quantum Apostrophe: 3D print a warp drive and mine that sucker. Why we can't just 3D print all the diamonds we want here with our warp-drive capable technology is a mystery.


You're careeing towards quantum stupidity. I can't tell if you're getting nastiier or just dumber.
 
2012-10-13 08:11:04 PM

anfrind: Cthulhu_is_my_homeboy: So how long until DeBeers begins construction of a Death Star to enforce artificial scarcity on the diamond market?

Won't happen, because it would take several times the GDP of the entire planet to build a Death Star. But if DeBeers wants to bankrupt themselves in an effort to build one, they can be my guest.


I think my favourite De Beers story is how some people brought some synthetic diamonds to Antwerp for evaluation, and the world's leading diamond experts couldn't tell the difference. (Chemically and physically, they are of course identical.) De Beers wet themselves rushing a diamond 'fingerprint' reading machine to market. (The absurdly named DiamondView tester) Heaven forfend the public learns that mined diamonds and synthetic ones are the same damn thing.

Could you imagine paying dozens of times more for halite (rock salt) than cultured salt crystal, only because it's "real," ostensibly 'rare,' and therefore worth a great deal more? Could you imagine that what you use to clear your walk in wintertime could be worth as much as a car, only because someone insisted it does?
 
2012-10-13 08:45:51 PM
I'm on a horse.
 
2012-10-13 09:02:28 PM

MusicMakeMyHeadPound: Dead for Tax Reasons: Ahh, taking a big space truck with a bunch of strangers across a diamond planet called Midnight? What could possibly go wrong?

Worst. Episode. Ever.


I thought it was molto bene. It was light on donna so that helped

I could've gone with 'the skies are made of diamonds' instead
 
2012-10-13 09:49:17 PM
Reminds me of the article I read years ago theorizing the core of Jupiter could be a diamond, what with the pressure and all.

/Heh, monkeys.
 
2012-10-13 10:01:06 PM

Mister Peejay: RedVentrue: I bet it's the leftover core of a gas giant.

Wonder what knocked its orbit so close to its sun that it blew all of the gas away.


Gas giants that close to the star get thier atmosphere blown away by "solar" winds.

http://www.gsjournal.net/old/physics/abruzzo5.pdf

I bet our giants have similar cores.
 
2012-10-13 10:04:08 PM

RedVentrue: Mister Peejay: RedVentrue: I bet it's the leftover core of a gas giant.

Wonder what knocked its orbit so close to its sun that it blew all of the gas away.

Gas giants that close to the star get thier atmosphere blown away by "solar" winds.

http://www.gsjournal.net/old/physics/abruzzo5.pdf

I bet our giants have similar cores.


Gas Giants often wander in thier systems. The first planets detected were GG very near thier stars and causing a fast oscilation with the parent star.
 
2012-10-13 10:05:23 PM
Since we found diamond stars, diamond plants are rather blase.
 
2012-10-13 10:06:57 PM

Sylvia_Bandersnatch: anfrind: Cthulhu_is_my_homeboy: So how long until DeBeers begins construction of a Death Star to enforce artificial scarcity on the diamond market?

Won't happen, because it would take several times the GDP of the entire planet to build a Death Star. But if DeBeers wants to bankrupt themselves in an effort to build one, they can be my guest.

I think my favourite De Beers story is how some people brought some synthetic diamonds to Antwerp for evaluation, and the world's leading diamond experts couldn't tell the difference. (Chemically and physically, they are of course identical.) De Beers wet themselves rushing a diamond 'fingerprint' reading machine to market. (The absurdly named DiamondView tester) Heaven forfend the public learns that mined diamonds and synthetic ones are the same damn thing.

Could you imagine paying dozens of times more for halite (rock salt) than cultured salt crystal, only because it's "real," ostensibly 'rare,' and therefore worth a great deal more? Could you imagine that what you use to clear your walk in wintertime could be worth as much as a car, only because someone insisted it does?


Welcome to the world. Much of the world economy runs on artificial scarcity.
 
2012-10-13 10:09:32 PM

Quantum Apostrophe: 3D print a warp drive and mine that sucker. Why we can't just 3D print all the diamonds we want here with our warp-drive capable technology is a mystery.


Yer gettin' Rediculitis. Ya should get it checked out by yer M.D.
 
2012-10-14 12:01:33 AM

Quantum Apostrophe: 3D print a warp drive and mine that sucker. Why we can't just 3D print all the diamonds we want here with our warp-drive capable technology is a mystery.


Aren't you a fan of making everyone immortal? All those people with nothing but time on there hands need a warp drive?
 
2012-10-14 01:24:59 AM
FTA: "...challenging the assumption that all rocky planets out there are Earth-like."

That's an easy assumption to challenge, since nobody is making it.
 
2012-10-14 04:13:09 AM

BumpInTheNight: Debeers immediately begins lobbying to outlaw further space exploration.


Can't they just call "dibs"? As in "a planet has recently been discovered that is composed of one-third diamo*********DDDDDIIIIIIIBBBBBBBBSSSSSSSSSSSS! 111111111111

"We're DeBeers. We called dibs. We shall hold all the diamonds and sell them to you at a time and price determined by us. Now build us an interstellar ship so we can go and pick up our diamonds. By the way, space diamonds are higher quality so they're going to cost you."

PWNED
 
2012-10-14 04:19:39 AM
btw, would this be a class J planet?
 
2012-10-14 06:19:25 AM
Well I guess that's better than the skies being made of diamonds.

/Here come the drums
 
2012-10-14 07:03:49 AM

RedVentrue: Mister Peejay: RedVentrue: I bet it's the leftover core of a gas giant.

Wonder what knocked its orbit so close to its sun that it blew all of the gas away.

Gas giants that close to the star get thier atmosphere blown away by "solar" winds.

http://www.gsjournal.net/old/physics/abruzzo5.pdf

I bet our giants have similar cores.


My point is, it had to have been a gas giant for a while in order to form a diamond core, so presumably then it used to have a stable orbit much further out,
 
2012-10-14 08:25:54 AM
Too bad it's all wilds ass guesses based off some radio waves.
 
2012-10-14 08:41:41 AM

RedVentrue: Sylvia_Bandersnatch: anfrind: Cthulhu_is_my_homeboy: So how long until DeBeers begins construction of a Death Star to enforce artificial scarcity on the diamond market?

Won't happen, because it would take several times the GDP of the entire planet to build a Death Star. But if DeBeers wants to bankrupt themselves in an effort to build one, they can be my guest.

I think my favourite De Beers story is how some people brought some synthetic diamonds to Antwerp for evaluation, and the world's leading diamond experts couldn't tell the difference. (Chemically and physically, they are of course identical.) De Beers wet themselves rushing a diamond 'fingerprint' reading machine to market. (The absurdly named DiamondView tester) Heaven forfend the public learns that mined diamonds and synthetic ones are the same damn thing.

Could you imagine paying dozens of times more for halite (rock salt) than cultured salt crystal, only because it's "real," ostensibly 'rare,' and therefore worth a great deal more? Could you imagine that what you use to clear your walk in wintertime could be worth as much as a car, only because someone insisted it does?

Welcome to the world. Much of the world economy runs on artificial scarcity.


On the plus side, when real scarcity sets in things will only seem much worse, rather than desperately worse. Pratice will help.

/We should be thanking them for their foresight and intuition.
//We should be paying these genius's, these Greater People for their benevolence!
 
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