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Storms on Saturn and Jupiter form hailstones of pure diamond, according to a paper published for the 45th meeting of the American Astronomical Association. Dr Kevin Baines of the University of Wisconsin-Madison and NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory told the delegates that when huge weather systems on the gas giants create storms …

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Best. Line. Ever.

"Diamonds aren't forever on Saturn and Jupiter. But they are on Uranus"

I could not read that without laughing out loud. My inner teenage boy thanks you greatly.

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Re: Best. Line. Ever.

If only there were some Yahoo angle. Best! Subhead! Evar!

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Re: Best. Line. Ever.

That’s why they changed the name to Urectum.

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“And we think we're pretty certain.”

So, we’re not absolutely sure we’re certain, but we may be somewhat certain. We think.

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Re: “And we think we're pretty certain.”

you beat me to it,

Certain means this is correct there is no doubt, so why did they feel the need to use 2 qualifiers before certain, this implies they are reasonably confidant but far from certain.

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Erm, not the 45th meeting of the AAS

The American Astronomical Society has been around for over a hundred years, and nowadays holds two general meetings a year. The 45th AAS meeting was in New Haven, Connecticut in 1930.

I believe the press release being reworded here refers to results presented at the 45th meeting of the AAS's Division for Planetary Sciences, held last week in Denver, Colorado.

Obsessive-compulsive nitpicking, I know, but it makes the reader wonder what other details are not quite right.... or off by a Jovian diameter.

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jewelry.....AARRGGHH

Cannot say more...must wash brain out to get rid of the memory

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"It's very uncertain what happens to carbon down there."

To sail the diamond seas of Saturn

A boat of tungsten under me

To know that deep below the land

Metallic hydrogen forms a second sea

Or perhaps the crushing forces

Turn the diamonds into jam

superconducting nanotubes

arrange themselves the best they can

A billion years of buckyballs

that reproduce and stick and spread

Giant neurons, giant brains

A gas giant for a giant head

And one day as old HAL comes cruising

A million miles, drifting by

Following signals most perplexing

The Great Red Spot will open, like an Eye.

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Celestial Earworm

Dammit! Now I can't stop 'Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds' going round and round in my head...

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Oh great!

Now DeBeers will be lobbying against space exploration.

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vast liquid seas of carbon

Hmmm, sounds like the coffee at work....

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If it costs $10k per Kg to lift stuff into orbit of the piddling little earth they would have to be great diamonds.

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