News Currents: A Planet Made of Diamonds, and More Links

Fri, 2012-10-12 15:51 -- cgorski
Oct 12 2012 - 3:30pm
By: Chris Gorski
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Below are a handful of fun and interesting science stories that stood out while our Inside Science team focused on covering the Nobel Prize awards.

Researchers from the U.S. and France reported that a planet 40 light years away is made of diamonds. Its surface temperature is about 3,900 degrees F.  A writer from Reuters took the opportunity to make literary allusions to F. Scott Fitzgerald, and a Forbes columnist worked out how much a diamond three times the mass of the earth would be worth. I especially enjoyed that the latter showed the calculations.
 
One of the biggest science-related headlines this week grew from a statement made by Paul Broun, a Republican Congressman from Georgia, who said that he believed the Earth is only 9,000 years old. Livescience followed up by interviewing a geochemist to describe the geological evidence indicating that the Earth is over 4.5 billion years old.
 
And from the lighter side -- we have from Yahoo! a tale of using forensic science to track down a man who left a hotel without paying -- but didn't remember to pack his toothbrush before he escaped.
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