DailyDirt: Diamonds, Diamonds Everywhere

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Creating artificial diamonds could lead to some really interesting semiconductor materials -- or even some insanely hard touchscreen displays (no more scratches!). Fortunately, synthesizing diamond-like materials is getting cheaper and easier, but at the same time, we've also discovered significantly large diamond deposits. But will diamonds still be included in engagement rings when the market prices plummet? Aluminum used to be the most expensive metal in the world... but it's no longer as highly regarded as it once was. Here are just a few links on one of our favorite allotropes of carbon. If you'd like to read more awesome and interesting stuff, check out this unrelated (but not entirely random!) Techdirt post.
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    Anonymous Coward, 5 Oct 2012 @ 1:46am

    Diamonds aren't as rare as most people think they are -- if you're willing (or able) to travel a few thousand light years, you can find a whole planet made of diamond. A carbon-rich planet that is probably crystalline (and hence diamond-like) orbits the pulsar J1719-1438, and it's the most dense planet seen so far. [url]

    except, as usual your probably WRONG, Diamond is less stable that graphite (carbon in another form) so a planet would most probably form as a graphite planet not Diamond..

    "and it's the most dense planet seen so far".. !!!! SO WHAT, that would make a difference if diamond as a particularly dense material.. it's about half the density as IRON.. so why try to make the argument that 'it's dense, therefore it's diamond'...

    carbon steel, is rich in carbon, it has a crystaline structure and is twice the density of diamond is far more abundant in the universe..

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