pesco at June 25th, 2014 14:09 — #1
rknop at June 25th, 2014 14:13 — #2
Well, not exactly a diamond. Way denser, to start with, and the electrons will be in a fermi gas state which isn't quite the same as a diamond crystal such as you'd think of when holding a diamond in your hand.
davide405 at June 25th, 2014 14:17 — #3
Still, don't tell De Beers!
kevin_harrelson at June 25th, 2014 14:33 — #4
Thanks, you jerk, for telling the world. Now my wife is going to want me to get it for her!
samsam at June 25th, 2014 14:37 — #5
Can someone do an XKCD-style calculation, and tell me which would be worth more, the diamond or the cost of the expedition to the diamond?
Don't worry about precision -- a quick back-of-the-envelope calculation
will be enough to determine whether or not I should burn my life-savings and take over a large country to embark on this gigantic intergenerational project -- I mean, <ahem>, will be mildly interesting over my lunch break.
peemlives at June 25th, 2014 14:38 — #6
Diamonds are forever. Electron degenerate matter is very difficult to contain.
xzzy at June 25th, 2014 14:39 — #7
Can we call the pulsar Lucy?
davide405 at June 25th, 2014 14:41 — #8
Only if it's got some 'splainin' to do.
sissyphus at June 25th, 2014 14:51 — #9
Don't they talk about this in the new Jarmusch film "Only Lovers Left Alive"? It's an almost good modern vampire movie... something that's even rarer than a planet sized diamond ( rknop - i bow to your scienceyness).
jandrese at June 25th, 2014 14:52 — #10
It's hard to figure out a way to sell an Earth sized diamond without crashing the market. I mean diamonds aren't even rare, it's only the cutthroat (sometimes literally) business practices that keep them expensive at all.
ashen_victor at June 25th, 2014 15:09 — #11
Bringing that diamond would not only crush markets, it will also crush Earth quite literally.
rknop at June 25th, 2014 15:31 — #12
...but gravity does a very nice job containing it in a white dwarf....
glitch at June 25th, 2014 16:02 — #13
No, please! Do tell De Beers!
It's 900 light years away. Stick them all on a rocket and launch them at it. Even at our best attainable speeds, it'd take something like 50,000 years round trip - during which time we won't have to deal with them here on earth!
glitch at June 25th, 2014 16:10 — #14
That and the cultural value they possess.
People are told by society that diamonds are valuable, so they're willing to pay unrealistic prices for a commodity that isn't rare, which in turn keeps the value artficially high, in turn reinforcing the societal belief that diamonds are valuable.
It's a vicious cycle, one helped along by De Beer's marketing department, who work very hard to convince people that 1) diamonds really are rare and exclusive and that 2) the only "proper" way to express love is to pay large percentages of one's yearly wages on an artificially overvalued shiny bit of carbon.
davide405 at June 25th, 2014 16:11 — #15
Ooohhh, good, yes! Very good!
daneel at June 25th, 2014 16:13 — #16
Included for interest, saw this the other day:
Also notable for De Beers reference:
While DeBeers could not understand how the Soviets were producing such a large quantity of gem diamonds of such uniform size, and supposedly from one mine that by DeBeers surveys should not be capable of such diamond production, they were, nevertheless, pressured to purchase them all lest the Soviets simply dump the diamonds on the open market, thus flooding it and bringing down diamond prices.
Did anyone else think of Mount Zeus in 2061: Odyssey Three?
glitch at June 25th, 2014 16:14 — #17
The problem is if they somehow actually succeed, forming a space born diamond worshipping society over the millenia, advancing technologically out of pure zealotry, developing the technology to move stars, and then once they reach their fabled and holy destination, towing it back to the forgotten homeland of Earth to fulfill the prophecies of old.
silas at June 25th, 2014 16:29 — #18
How else can two octillion months' salary last forever?
yadayada at June 26th, 2014 01:41 — #19
Fitzgerald would be impressed.
gilbertwham at June 26th, 2014 06:48 — #20
Can we charge them interest on the cost of the trip, as well?
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