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(BBC)   What happens when you blast a diamond with lasers, compressing it as much as if you had dropped a large planet on it? Subby is betting she calls off the wedding   (bbc.co.uk) divider line 28
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2014-07-17 03:58:41 PM  
FYI, the pointy thing is indeed a partially chewed pencil put in for size comparison.  Looks like the diamond wasn't the only thing caught by the extreme pressure.
 
2014-07-17 04:35:05 PM  
Diamond, nature's hardest metal, has been crushed to record extremes of pressure using the "world's biggest laser", US scientists report.


Was that really the best use of a diamond, or a giant laser, science?

/In other news, "Lets just chuck things into our giant laser compressor and see what happens" is an actual job.
 
2014-07-17 04:39:41 PM  
The last article I read on this spent too many paragraphs describing how the laboratory was used as a set in Star Trek Into Darkness.

Glad to see this one focusing on the subject matter.
 
2014-07-17 04:41:53 PM  

cgraves67: The last article I read on this spent too many paragraphs describing how the laboratory was used as a set in Star Trek Into Darkness.

Glad to see this one focusing on the subject matter.


So we have science to blame for lens flare?
 
2014-07-17 04:42:37 PM  
For shame, BBC. Erasing those poor doomed souls in the dust suits with a giant pencil like a bizarre cartoon..
 
2014-07-17 04:47:28 PM  

gnosis301: FYI, the pointy thing is indeed a partially chewed pencil put in for size comparison.  Looks like the diamond wasn't the only thing caught by the extreme pressure.


Maybe they just hired Mike Teavee.
 
2014-07-17 05:18:36 PM  

way south: Diamond, nature's hardest metal, has been crushed to record extremes of pressure using the "world's biggest laser", US scientists report.


Was that really the best use of a diamond, or a giant laser, science?

/In other news, "Lets just chuck things into our giant laser compressor and see what happens" is an actual job.


I know it sometimes is a burden (both in time and capacity) to actually RTFA, but allow me to summarize and paraphrase for you:

"Almost the exact opposite of what you said and think"

/you're welcome
 
2014-07-17 05:19:19 PM  
It would be interesting to learn if the gas giants in our solar system started life as giant rocky planets that captured their massive atmospheres or if they started as gas giants that captured enough asteroids, comets and planetoids to have massive cores.

It might help prove that as a rocky planet's mass increases, the average density of its atmosphere goes way up, and that massive rocky planets with thin atmospheres are rare under normal circumstances.
 
2014-07-17 05:26:16 PM  
I want them to do this to my body when I die.
 
2014-07-17 05:52:36 PM  
I'm just going to put it out there that I helped build this laser.

So I'm really getting a kick out of all these replies.......
 
2014-07-17 05:56:12 PM  
Was there a photo of the results?

SumFrequency: I'm just going to put it out there that I helped build this laser.

So I'm really getting a kick out of all these replies.......


how much jiffypop has it been tested with?
 
2014-07-17 07:01:59 PM  
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Call me when they're using lasers to make diamond ponies.
 
2014-07-17 07:05:46 PM  

SpdrJay: I want them to do this to my body when I die.


"Thank you for all of your hard work to make my mother's LifeGem an awesome reality! The Blue LifeGem sparkles with radiant light as my dear mother did while on earth. When I first saw it in all of its beauty, tears came to my eyes, because I felt as if my mother's life essence was contained within the diamond. "
 
2014-07-17 07:12:00 PM  

Jaden Smith First of His Name: [cloud-3.steampowered.com image 640x358]
Call me when they're using lasers to make diamond ponies.


I just bought a pony.  Made out of diamonds.  Because I'm rich.
 
2014-07-17 07:19:56 PM  

gnosis301: FYI, the pointy thing is indeed a partially chewed pencil put in for size comparison.  Looks like the diamond wasn't the only thing caught by the extreme pressure.


This post is messing with my brain. I've almost convinced myself you're messing with us.

But that chamber just doesn't look real... this whole thing is so mad scientist.
 
2014-07-17 07:26:41 PM  

highendmighty: SpdrJay: I want them to do this to my body when I die.

"Thank you for all of your hard work to make my mother's LifeGem an awesome reality! The Blue LifeGem sparkles with radiant light as my dear mother did while on earth. When I first saw it in all of its beauty, tears came to my eyes, because I felt as if my mother's life essence was contained within the diamond. "


Sounds way better than slow putrefaction in a box buried 6 feet underground to me.
 
2014-07-17 09:20:48 PM  
It wears out its welcome with random precision, rides on the steel breeze?
 
2014-07-17 11:11:09 PM  
I don't care for sic-fi, but a story about thieves who hatch a plan to steal the diamond from Neptune's core... something could be made from that.
 
2014-07-18 01:49:23 AM  

Jaden Smith First of His Name: [BUTTSTALLION]
Call me when they're using lasers to make diamond ponies.


what the f*ck am I looking at
 
2014-07-18 04:03:27 AM  

way south: Diamond, nature's hardest metal, has been crushed to record extremes of pressure using the "world's biggest laser", US scientists report.


Was that really the best use of a diamond, or a giant laser, science?

/In other news, "Lets just chuck things into our giant laser compressor and see what happens" is an actual job.


Your'e right We should be feeding the diamond and giant laser to the poor.
 
2014-07-18 05:10:04 AM  
Don't give De Beers any ideas. They'll start sending African slaves, err..."employees", to other planets if they can make a dollar from it.
 
2014-07-18 07:41:36 AM  
img.fark.net
 
2014-07-18 07:41:56 AM  

DubyaHater: Don't give De Beers any ideas. They'll start sending African slaves, err..."employees", to other planets if they can make a dollar from it.




I'd think it a great idea if they figured out how to make it profitable.
Any destination with enough pressure to push carbon into a new phase state probably isn't stable enough to be mineable (much less form diamond).

Its fun science, but don't expect too much from it.
 
2014-07-18 09:26:16 AM  

cgraves67: The last article I read on this spent too many paragraphs describing how the laboratory was used as a set in Star Trek Into Darkness.

Glad to see this one focusing on the subject matter.


Focusing....on the subject matter.

/not sure if intentional.
 
2014-07-18 10:14:05 AM  

Kittypie070: Jaden Smith First of His Name: [BUTTSTALLION]
Call me when they're using lasers to make diamond ponies.

what the f*ck am I looking at


I think we're seeing a horses reaction to meeting Mr. Hands
 
2014-07-18 11:23:46 AM  
Impressed

img.fark.net
 
2014-07-18 12:37:11 PM  
Farking scientists could have saved a bundle and used cubic zirconia instead. Only your jeweler would know.
 
2014-07-18 02:56:42 PM  
Yes that's all interesting, but can we then shoot it with ions of gold and get it to behave as if it were a large sheet of lead on the end of a throwing axe or hammer, so we can sail through low earth orbit debris whilst dropping carbon cardboard sheet layers with sonic barrier differentials that upon slowing to terminal velocity, dry up into soot?
 
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