Researchers Found a New, Easy Way to Turn Graphite Into Diamond

Since graphite—the dark material used in regular old pencils—and diamonds are both made from carbon, it's technically feasible to turn the former into the latter. You just need to apply a little pressure—about 150,000 times what the atmosphere on Earth's surface is like. But researchers at Stanford University claim to… » 4/04/14 9:40am 4/04/14 9:40am

This is the oldest fragment of Earth ever found

You're looking at the oldest fragment of Earth ever found: a zircon 4.375 billion years old, something that has deep implications in our understanding of the planet's formation. While some scientists said other samples weren't genuine, new research just published in the journal Nature Geoscience proves that this is the … » 2/24/14 1:00am 2/24/14 1:00am

5 Crazy Places We Can Go Looking for Diamonds

Hold on to your engagement rings. Diamonds, according to an industry report, are falling off a supply cliff in 2018. As existing diamond mines are depleted even as worldwide demand increases—thanks, especially to a newly rich Asia—three months' salary might soon buy you a much punier rock. » 12/23/13 1:00pm 12/23/13 1:00pm

It's Raining Diamonds on Saturn and Jupiter

We're a little late to the party on this one, but it's just too fascinating to pass up. A team of planetary scientists recently claimed that the mix of methane, carbon and lightning in Saturn's atmosphere is causing diamonds to be forged in the planet's atmosphere. Like, a lot of diamonds. » 10/14/13 1:40pm 10/14/13 1:40pm

Tiny Diamond Thermometer Can Take the Temperature of a Single Cell

Turns out diamonds have powers beyond bringing bling-happy jewelry enthusiasts and hopeful lovers to their knees. Harvard researchers have figured out how to make the shiny little pebbles into the world's tiniest thermometers. How tiny? Small enough to take the temperature of an individual cell. » 8/02/13 10:40am 8/02/13 10:40am

New Material Could Cool Gadgets Even Better Than Diamonds Do (Wait,…

As electronic devices get increasingly tiny, heat management becomes a bigger and bigger problem. In gadgets that can't practically house a fan, heat sinks do the job of keeping sensitive electronics cool. So far, the best-performing heat transfer material has been diamond, which any rap video will remind you is crazy… » 7/29/13 4:13pm 7/29/13 4:13pm

Lil Wayne Wearing $1 Million Beats by Dre Headphones Is a Diamond…

I'm a big fan of Lil Wayne. I was with him before he became good (pre-Carter days) and totally support his placement atop the hip hop perch but Mr. Weezy F., I can't support you on this. What the hell are you doing wearing a $1 million diamond studded Beats by Dre headphones at a basketball game? » 2/27/12 12:40pm 2/27/12 12:40pm