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Old June 22nd, 2011, 04:26 AM
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Default Buy this for your fiance.

Diamonds are forever;

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zrm0sVY10V0
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All the posts for the water-gushing star are equally applicable here too!

I stumbled across the concept on wikipedia a couple of years ago and thought such a stellar remnant would make fantastic treasure world, hinted at in starport rumours, people killing to find it, and keep it hidden ....
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Wiki articles are cooler than random silent Youtube movies with overlaid warbling noises. :P
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BPM_37093

Also, check out a similar "Diamond" Planet:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WASP-12b
(Oh, and it appears that it's also being eaten by its star, just in case you needed more room for hilarious concepts science seems to imply/prove).

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Diamonds are probably not forever. Already we can produce artificial diamond in small quantities. With the advent of nanotech, I figure diamond will be just another construction material manufactured from processed carbon, and no more valuable than aluminium. Heavy metals, OTOH, may still hold their value.
I figure by the Traveller era, nobody will be interested in a planet sized diamond.
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Possibly.

Just an FYI, we've been making diamonds since the 70s, via super high pressure applied to carbon samples.
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All the posts for the water-gushing star are equally applicable here too!

I stumbled across the concept on wikipedia a couple of years ago and thought such a stellar remnant would make fantastic treasure world, hinted at in starport rumours, people killing to find it, and keep it hidden ....
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Hidden in the mountains
Under the earth and stone
A cubic mile of perfection
Treasure no one has known
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It's the diamond as big as the Ritz
What you gonna do with this
Tell me who's goin' to save you
When you're a slave to the
Diamond as big as the Ritz
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Hey, this could be better than those "name a star after someone" scams..."buy your sweetie a several million carat diamond!"

Artificial diamonds since 1955:
http://www.gereports.com/the-true-st...-made-diamond/

I recall a story about a researcher, at Ames Research Center IIRC, who made the first diamond from peanut butter off his sandwich in a press for simulating high pressure atmospheres in the late 70s or early 80s. More or less on a lark. I tried to find a reference on the 'net, but the microwave diamond hoax has googlebombed it into obscurity.
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The photo in the news article looks pretty similar to what I saw in an old film I saw in the late 70s. I'm pretty sure it's the same thing.
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Yeah, I think I saw it in school, myself.
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There was some company offering to turn (part of) your loved one's remains into a diamond...

Beats keeping an urn on the shelf, I suppose...
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