It's raining diamonds across the universe, research suggests

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It could be raining diamonds on planets throughout the universe, scientists suggested Friday, after using common plastic to recreate the strange precipitation believed to form deep inside Uranus and Neptune.

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Ice giants like Neptune and Uranus are thought to be the most common form of planet outside our Solar System, which means diamond rain could be occurring across the universe. There fallen diamonds could form vast layers that span “hundreds of kilometres or even more”, Kraus told AFP. Kraus said that while the researchers used very clean PET plastic, “in principle the experiment should work with Coca-Cola bottles”.

“The oxygen that is present in large amounts on those planets really helps suck away the hydrogen atoms from the carbon, so it’s actually easier for those diamonds to form,” he added.The experiment could point towards a new way to produce nanodiamonds, which have a wide and increasing range of applications including drug delivery, medical censors, non-invasive surgery and quantum electronics.

 

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