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News Briefs 18-01-2010

Well, this ought to do it for you — and then some!

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The UN base at Leogane is full of vehicles, equipment, food, water and men. They are stationed to the west of Port-au-Prince at the end of a road leading through the small settlement where we are told some 5,000 people have been left homeless.

But instead of being out in the village, the UN representatives at this base are clustered around the front gate, laughing as they buy shampoo from a local salesman.

And while they do this, just a two-minute walk down the road in the village itself, the injured and the homeless are waiting.

BBC News article.

  1. Diamond Oceans… and a possibility?
    The scientists have shown that diamond can be melted and refrozen at extreme pressure and temperature. This, naturally, conjures up visions of wonderfully exotic extraterrestrial landscapes.

    What I want to know is: Does this mean I can take a bunch of “crappy” diamonds (small, inclusions, bad color, etc.), melt them, and then recrystallize them into one big, high quality stone?

    Now, that’s recycling!

    1. just a question of energy and $
      I’m sure it can be done. But it is probably a lot more expensive than the big high quality stone, especially since you have to invest into developing the technology further.

      But if you are doing this just for the beauty of the stone it will be worth it 🙂

      1. Making big rocks out of little ones
        Some of the finest diamonds are worth millions. Many of the synthetics you can buy are created by an involved and expensive process. Melting actual diamonds eliminates many of the drawbacks of synthetic diamonds like contaminants and might even sidestep the size barrier. Every time you cut a rough stone there is waste. Why not reprocess it into something valuable? It’s too bad there aren’t more details on their setup so we could judge cost effectiveness.

  2. Victorian Rhapsody

    In a remarkable coincidence, it turned out that my correspondent was a direct descendant of Williams, and it dawned on us that this suitcase of TRW memorabilia must have resided in my own house at the end of the 19th century. I was living in a house which had belonged to the grandchild of the man I had been researching for so long.

    Coincidence… right.

    Educated as a scientist, I don’t really relate to ‘destiny’ or ‘fate’, but such an extraordinary coincidence does make me wonder if there aren’t ‘more things in Heaven and Earth…’

    Atta boy, Brian. Freddy would be proud of you 😉

  3. Calakmul

    It was the Maya habit to build the next era’s pyramids over those of the last. That makes excavation of each building like unwrapping a succession of ever-more-astounding presents.

    Not just the Mayas. That was a common architectural/ritual practice in Mesoamerica.

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