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Month: October 2013

Diamonds in the sky?

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Diamonds may be a hot commodity here on Earth, but in space, they’re positively common.

Scientists have long believed in the existence of diamonds on Neptune and Uranus. Now, new research suggests the sparkly rocks may also be found on Jupiter and Saturn.

It was previously believed that these two planets were too cold to allow for the formation of diamonds, but a study conducted by Mona Delitsky of California Specialty Engineering and Kevin Baines of the University of Wisconsin-Madison suggests that the precious gem may rain down on Saturn and Jupiter.

The theory states that pressure within the planets’ atmospheres could be turning carbon into diamond. If this holds true, there could be fragments of the gem floating in the atmosphere of both planets.

As the diamonds sink lower, extreme heat could be liquefying the rocks, creating ‘diamond rain’.

Some scientists even believe there could be liquid diamond seas in our solar system.

Imagine that!

Using lightning to charge cell phones

Researchers Nokia and the University of Southampton have charged a cell phone with simulated lightning, providing a sneak peek into the future of wireless charging.

“This discovery proves that the device can be charged with a current that passes through the air, and is a huge step towards understanding a natural power like lightning and harnessing its energy,” said University of Southampton scientist Neil Palmer in a statement, adding that the lighting was able to fully charge the phone in a matter of seconds.

The research is in its early stages, so it’s not known how the technology will be used, or when it will be available to a mass market.
Check out the video to learn more about the experiment.

The above experiment was conducted in a controlled environment under the supervision of experts – so don’t try this at home.

 


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