Hugh Bollinger
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De Beers planet

De Beers is the world's largest producer and marketer of diamonds. Couples planning to get married typically come in contact with the Company. A planetary discovery has just been made that must have the diamond cutters at De Beers pulling out their star charts. Using the famous Parkes radio telescope in Australia. an exotic object has been discovered that seems to be made of pure diamond closely circling a pulsar. The new planet is super-dense, consists largely of molecular carbon and because of its density, the carbon would be crystalline-- a diamond planet. The new object is likely the remnant core of a larger star that lost its outer layers to the X-ray emitting neutron star it now orbits. [caption id="attachment_6948" align="aligncenter" width="450" caption="Diamond planet orbiting a pulsar (credit: Reuters)"][/caption] A short video tells the crystal planet's story: The only question remaining is if the diamond world sparkles and how to cut it down for a wedding band. WHB
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