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Try making your own! 14 Reasons Diamonds Are A Scientist’s Best Friend Diamonds are a symbol of love, but to researchers supported by the
Afterall, there are more things to do with diamonds than just put one on your finger.
National Science Foundation they are also precious for their amazing physical and chemical properties. Scientists and engineers use diamonds to:
Grow even bigger diamonds
Learn about Earth’s geological history
Build quantum computers
Clean polluted water
Wastewater is often polluted with organic matter, not just heavy metals. Diamond electrodes are now used to treat wastewater by
oxidizing organic pollutants — a cheaper, more environmentally friendly filtering method.
Capture quarks in motion
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The Large Hadron Collider uses diamonds to prevent stray particles from damaging sensitive electronics, but it turns out
diamond sensors can also offer incredibly precise measurements of the timing of passing particles.
Support a sustainable planet
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Synthetic, industrial diamonds may provide just the
right chemistry to transform atmospheric nitrogen into liquid and ultimately generate the valuable agricultural fertilizer ammonia.
Mimic the Earth’s core
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Apply the highest pressure possible with the strongest material known, and you can learn a lot about crystals. Laser-heated
diamond anvil cells mimic pressure within Earth's center and convert modest graphite into fabulous diamonds.
Learn about extrasolar planets
Explain a 3.8 billion-year-old supernova
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Researchers now believe that black diamonds (aka carbonados) have
extraterrestrial origins in the form of an ancient supernova. These diamonds drifted through space for more than a billion years before falling to Earth as a meteorite that shattered and dispersed into Brazil and the Central African Republic.
Make dental equipment
Diamond-coated precision tools have less friction, are more durable and are less likely to crack delicate materials as they’re
made, such as ceramics used in the dental and medical industries.
Cut through titanium
Yes, even titanium yields to diamond’s properties. Diamond tools are used to drill precise holes in titanium parts for the aerospace industry.
Talk about science
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Historian, author and
President’s National Medal of Science winner Jared Diamond is a favorite among researchers for his ability to communicate the historical impact of scientific advances. Want to learn how discoveries change the world? Diamond’s your guy. BuzzFeed Daily
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