Russia admits to having 'trillions of carats' worth of diamonds hidden…

Back in the 1970s, the Soviet government discovered a rather remarkable deposit of precious gems in a 100 kilometer (62 mile) crater located in eastern Siberia. Called the Popigai crypto-explosion structure, it contains "impact diamonds" — massive mineral deposits that formed when an asteroid hit the area 35-million… » 9/18/12 12:00pm 9/18/12 12:00pm

Acid and Gold: The Modern Alchemy of Artificial Gemstones

Everyone knows that humans can make artificial diamonds. But did you know that we can make sapphires, emeralds, and rubies as well? Did you know that this involves weird occult-like instruments, like little rooms lined in gold? Starting with crystal seeds and watering regularly with hydrochloric acid, we can grow a… » 8/29/12 2:00pm 8/29/12 2:00pm

This candle flame is filled with millions of diamonds

It's no mystery that diamonds are, in fact, one of the world's most completely-not-rare "rare" gems, but it seriously feels like they're becoming more and more common every day. Case in point: scientists have discovered that for the price of a candle, you too can be the proud owner of millions upon millions of… » 8/19/11 2:04pm 8/19/11 2:04pm

Computer parts will soon be clad in diamond and silver armor. Really.

Computers are always getting smaller and more powerful, but shrinking things down isn't just a matter of developing better electronics. A great number of practical things need to be considered when cramming technology into a small space. For example, the simple need to keep things cool. More powerful stuff pushed… » 3/04/11 12:44pm 3/04/11 12:44pm