02 February 2010

Meteorites from Finland, bearing diamonds

I thought you might enjoy this headline from the magazine Popular Science: “Carbon Crystals Harder Than Diamond Found In Finnish Meteorite”. The article explains that carbon compounds in the meteorite are harder than diamonds. Despite the misleading headline, there are apparently no diamonds in the meteorite. Also, I suspect the meteorite is not actually Finnish in origin, but rather had the good fortune to strike that portion of our planet where the Fins reside.

Unless, of course, we do have astronauts on Mars, and they found a chunk of Finland at the bottom of Martian crater. In that case, the question of how to travel to Mars is resolved: we’ll ride meteorites and brace for impact.

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