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De Beers Cartel Likely To Go Intergalatic

Discussion in 'Off-Topic' started by Suicidal Zebra, Feb 17, 2004.

  1. Suicidal Zebra

    Suicidal Zebra IncGamers Member

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    De Beers Cartel Likely To Go Intergalatic

    And you can be sure that if/when we get there and mine the place diamonds will still be expensive as heck.

    *wonders if this news will mean that blondes will demand larger engagement rings ;)*
     
  2. maccool

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    That's really neat. I heard about it this morning, but I had no idea it was so close to Earth. Bet the grade sucks though; lots of impurities and whatnot.
     
  3. Suicidal Zebra

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    In theory shouldn't they be able to test out the grade using the same process to discover that it was solid carbon? Mass Spectronomy I think :scratch: . Though I guess sensitivity would be a problem.

    But yeah, pretty neat for me too, and I am not a geologist :D
     
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    Now that we found a "planet" to send all the women, all we need is some means to get them there...
     
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    ya know that thing where you can buy a star?? Yeah, im buying that one.
     
  6. maccool

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    Brilliant! :clap:
     
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    Whiskey Tango Foxtrot. I want.
     
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    Sierra Tango Foxtrot Uniform?

    Newbed.
     
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    This is interesting. Anyone who has read the 2001 series is aware that Mr Clarke supposed a diamond core for Jupiter also. It actually seems a little more likely now.
     
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    hahaha you fool I'll just save up for 5 billion years and buy the sun
     
  11. Pierrot le Fou

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    Seeing as how Jupiter is a Gas Giant rather than a start, I would find it having a diamond core quite unlikely.

    But it's a happy thought.

    And anyway, if you did buy that diamond, you realize it'd be nigh worthless, right? It'd make diamonds so commonplace that they'd be worthless.

    I'm holding out on my mining rights for Venus.
     
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    Well, that depends. Depending on advancements in space travel going to get it could be much more expensive than simply finding more diamonds here on earth.
     
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    These new diamonds could have some new property about them, or if you got the entire thing, you could slowly sell them, rationing them off to keep the value high.
     
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    It wouldn't matter how much it cost to fetch, the supply of diamonds would be astronomical. If it cost so much to do, no one would do it. If they did, then the price would drop because you'd have a frickin' diamond the size of the moon out there. The biggest diamonds in the world would become worthless as anyone could carve any sized stone outta this moon diamond.

    Of course, how you'd get it here without entirely messing up orbits is beyond me. And think of the tides...
     
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    Heh. Stick to drinking and poly-sci, PLF. Gas giant is a misnomer. Science and stuff

    It's possible, though not probable for any planet to have a diamond core. A burnt out star is more likely as stars tend to have less crap like Si, Mg, Al, etc. in their core when they die.

    This diamond isn't a Star of India type thing, it's likely loaded with impurities. Maybe think of it like a snowball full of soot, pebbles, sticks, bird poop, etc. Craptacular.
     
  16. Pierrot le Fou

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    "somewhat of a misnomer" and yet in wide use ;)

    So NEENER :p

    And anyway, smarty-pants, it's poli-sci, not poly-sci. Poly-sci would be multiple sciences, in which case I'd be right about this whole thing from the getgo.

    Z-ING!

    Sorta.
     
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    There are probably marvels in space we haven't even conceived of yet, let alone discovered. An unobtainable diamond the size of the moon 50 light years away doesn't particularly amaze me, as interesting as I think it is. This star was discovered back in 1998, after all. It just took this long for them to confirm their suspicions.
    If you were able to get hold of it, and drag it back to Earth, what do you think that would do to the price of diamonds? It would basically immediately become the most common material to be found, at least pretty dang close to it.
    Neat stuff, though, diamonds in space. I remember, like Tarnok, when Arthur C. Clarke proposed it in his book; I was tickled and amazed by the very idea of it.
    All they need to do now is discover a star made of gold for the setting, eh?
     
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    They actually found a constellation containing stars made of Gold called, "Orioness's Re-marriage Band." Apparently it was formed from the constellation formerly known as "Orion's Marriage" which had a 'tween state of "Orion's Alimony Payments."

    Sucks to be even a constellation nowadays.
     
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    Some people think Jupiter is a failed star that didn't have enough mass to burn and turned into a planet.
     
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    Meh...

    I just bought an engagment ring a few months ago. It was only around 1 total carat weight. Can you imagine if I woulda bought a 10 billion trillion trillion carat, ring. I would have been set for life...just toss the doghouse in the trash :lol:
     

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