Travels in Geology — Arkansas: A geologic diamond in the rough

Ever wanted to dig your own diamonds? Well, now you have the chance.

There may be a quadrillion tons of diamond in the Earth’s depths — but we’ll never mine it

There’s more diamonds than you can imagine.

Tiny diamond provides first evidence of Earth’s fourth most abundant mineral

The diamond rose 700 km from Earth’s mantle to the surface.

Unexpected deep-Earth oxidized iron surprises geologists

Apparently, something is rusting at 550 km below the surface.

Diamond rain of Neptune and Uranus mimicked in the lab by scientists

Yes, on some planets it rains diamonds!

Huge, rare diamonds help us learn more about the Earth’s mantle

Diamonds are a geologist’s best friends.

Australian researchers develop harder-than-diamond artificial diamond

Blinging hard!

Evidence of water 1,000 kilometers under the surface found locked inside a diamond

Water isn’t only skin deep.

New method developed to encode huge quantity of data in diamonds

Data is a girl’s best friend.

How to make diamond rings at Mach speed

These set of rings/disks that are formed in the exhaust plume are known as Shock Diamonds or Mach discs (and by many more names).

Scientists find new phase of carbon at room-temp that’s harder than diamond

To make diamonds, the industry typically resorts to subjecting graphite to immense pressure and temperature, which makes production volumes low and costly. This paradigm is about to change, since researchers at North Carolina State University found a new phase for carbon called Q-carbon, produced at ambient temperatures and pressure. This is surprisingly close to diamond in structure, with the added benefit of exhibiting a couple of unique properties.

Rock with 30,000 diamonds found Russian diamond mine

Do you fancy diamonds? If the answer is ‘yes’, then you’ll absolutely love this rock extracted from a Russian mine. The rock is littered with over 30,000 diamonds, something which is extremely rare and may yield valuable information about how diamonds form in natural conditions. What’s unlucky for gem sellers was very fortunate for researchers – because the tiny diamonds

Ultrathin diamond-like thread could help build elevator to space

For the first time, scientists at Penn State University have coaxed carbon-containing molecules to form a  strong tetrahedron shape, then linked each tetrahedron end to end to form a long, thin nanothread. The resulting materials is stronger than carbon nanotubes, while the thread is only a few atoms across thick, hundreds of thousands of times smaller than an optical fiber. This sort

Temperature control and monitoring achieved at the cellular level

Temperature is an important physical parameter which greatly influences a system. Monitoring and/or manipulating this state parameter with great accuracy is thus of great importance to scientists. Recently, researchers part of  DARPA’s Quantum-Assisted Sensing and Readout (QuASAR) program proved a new technique that allowed them to measure and control temperatures at the nanometer scale inside living cells. Measuring temperatures at such fine spatial

Russia declassifies diamond deposit – trillions of carats, enough for the entire world for 3.000 years

Russia announced the declassification of a huge diamond deposit, twice as hard as average ones, and about 10 times bigger than the global supply available today. The sensational announcement was made by Novosibirsk scientists of the Institute of Geology and Mineralogy at the Siberian Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences and it could detonate the entire global diamond market.

A candle’s flame burns millions of diamond nano-particles every second

Diamonds are for a nano-second – in the glitter of a candle light, that is. In a stroke of brilliance, Professor Wuzong Zhou, Professor of Chemistry at the University of St Andrews, has found millions of diamond nano-particles in the flickering light of a simple candle. Since its invention in China thousands of years ago, people have always been fascinated

The star-diamond

Twinkle, twinkle, little star, How I wonder what you are! Up above the world so high, Like a diamond in the sky! Well maybe the title is a bit far fetched, but I’m really stoked to find out about such a thing; the star in case, BPM 37093 is a variable white dwarf star that consists entirely of crystallized carbon,

Crystal That Nature May Have Missed

For a lot of time man kind or at least a big part of it has been absolutely fascinated with the diamond and its fantastic glimmer. The reasons which account for its stunning beauty could be uncovered by a mathematical analysis of its microscopic crystal structure. It turns out that this structure has some very special, and especially symmetric, properties.