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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 …


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  1. Captain Save-a-ho

    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.

    1. Frumious Bandersnatch Silver badge

      Re: Best. Line. Ever.

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

    2. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: Best. Line. Ever.

      That’s why they changed the name to Urectum.

  2. Mark Simon

    “And we think we're pretty certain.”

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

    1. Rogue Jedi

      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.

  3. Joe Gurman

    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.

  4. xyz


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

  5. Robert Ramsay

    "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.

  6. TitterYeNot

    Celestial Earworm

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

  7. Oninoshiko

    Oh great!

    Now DeBeers will be lobbying against space exploration.

  8. Euripides Pants

    vast liquid seas of carbon

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

  9. Jim Birch

    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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