The new movie ?Blood Diamond? tells about the perils of mining diamonds here on earth. But soon this may not be a problem, since we will be able to mine diamonds in space?or else create them artificially.
Rare, black diamonds have long baffled scientists, since they are so different from the clear-colored gems that emerge from volcanic explosions on earth. In LiveScience.com, Jeanna Bryner quotes researcher Sonia Esperanca as explaining why diamonds are so valuable: “This process preserves the unique crystal structure that makes diamonds the hardest natural material known.” But charcoal-colored diamonds don’t come from volcanoes, so what is their origin? Astronomers now think they come from supernova explosions in space. A supernova is a star that explodes.