Polystyrene to Diamonds

August 24, 2017

Science Alert (August 23, 2017) 

If you think the weather's bad on our planet, consider the ice giants Neptune and Uranus, where intense pressures and super-hot temperatures are thought to cause cascading showers of diamonds. Now, researchers have recreated the effect here on Earth.

Using high-powered optical lasers to rapidly heat polystyrene, researchers were able to produce and then study this diamond rain in the lab, a result that could help us understand much more about the conditions on other planets like Neptune and Uranus...Read More.