Diamonds are some of the most valuable rocks on Earth, precisely because of its rarity. New research finds it's not so rare after all, with a shockingly endless stash below Earth's surface.
Recent news on material technology shows that diamond may not be the hardest mineral in the world anymore. Lonsdaleite, a hexagonal polymorph of diamond, is reportedly 50 percent harder than diamond. This particular kind of diamond occurs naturally at the very center of meteorite impact sites in the world. However, scientists may have found a method to create this kind of diamond variant inside a laboratory.
A team of scientists from the Australian National University has successfully created Lonsdaleite, a new type of diamond that's known to mankind. In fact, this new diamond is so hard that it's powerful enough to cut through ultra-solid materials found in mining sites.
Do "aliens" exist on Earth? In a way, experts think so, and they believe that these creatures can be found thriving in massive underground oceans hidden hundreds of miles beneath the Earth's surface.
This could potentially provide a power source for thousands of years, because of the longstanding half-life of the radioactive substances.
With the amount of data downloaded every single day, increasing computer memory is a must in the technological industry. Researchers from the City College of New York have discovered the key to changing the data storage game: diamonds.
Diamonds may form under a much simpler process involving natural pH changes, making them less rare than we once thought.
Some diamonds found in Canada's Northwest Territories contain ancient seawater, according to recent studies. While these diamonds formed through processes like the precious gems we know, they are younger and uglier.
Early gold and oil prospectors had their divining rods, and even truffle hunters had their pigs. Now a strange and spiny plant may be the first natural tool that can help experts sniff out diamonds in the ground - a first for the botanical world.
It's one thing believe in the term "you are what you eat," but when 'Neil Diamond' the cockerel decided to swallow a whole diamond earring, he may have been taking things too far. Thankfully, Hawaii's most tireless traveling vet, Dr. Scott Sims, was on the case.
If diamonds truly are a girl's best friend, an unusual formation recently found in Russia may be the friendliest rock in the world. The rock, small enough to fit in the palm of your hand, was found to contain a stunning 30,000 tiny diamonds and could provide important clues to Earth's geologic history.
Back in 2012, a meteorite managed to puncture through Earth's atmosphere and slam into the ground of California's Gold Country - a historic region that attracted waves of 49ers during the 1849 gold rush. Ironically, this "Gold Rush meteorite" doesn't boast any yellow precious metals. Instead, it seems to be packed full of diamonds and other treasures.
Diamonds are a girl's best friend, but they could be NASA's, too. That's according to a new study that proposes using diamonds to make a synthetic strong enough to support an elevator so tall that it shoots into space.