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[PS] Candle Flames Contain Millions Of Tiny Diamonds.

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http://www.physorg.com/news/2011-08-...-diamonds.html

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Professor Wuzong Zhou, Professor of Chemistry at the University of St Andrews has discovered tiny diamond particles exist in candle flames. His research has made a scientific leap towards solving a mystery which has befuddled people for thousands of years.Since the first candle was invented in ancient China more than 2,000 years ago, many have longed to know what hidden secrets its flames contained.
Dr Zhou’s investigation revealed around 1.5 million diamond nanoparticles are created every second in a candle flame as it burns.
Basically, crazy complex Carbon.
I've never look at candles the same way again.
Quickly! Somebody make a troll science comic with "Infinite Wealth!"
Edited by frickfrock999 - 8/18/11 at 8:01am
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http://www.physorg.com/news/2011-08-...-diamonds.html



Basically, crazy complex Carbon.
I've never look at candles the same way again.
Quickly! Somebody make a troll science comic with "Infinite Wealth!"
You'd just have to put the candle in the freezer and freeze the flame.
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I'm impressed!! No wonder the light is so shiny. Now all of those jewelry commercials about burning passion makes sense!
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Well this should be true of any smoke...smoke from organic material anyway. There is carbon in that smoke and carbon without anything attached to it is diamond.

Back on the farm we had a generator that ran off of wood smoke. Burn some logs in a chamber, capture the smoke, and compress it a little. Then run it into an engine. The same engine could also run on propane if you were out of smoke. made it really portable. I would take it out to my hunting lodge, calving shed, and ice house to supply a enough electricity to power some light and heat...occationally a movie on a TV. Genertor wasn't powerfull enough to weld, but could easily run power tools.
Edited by Vagrant Storm - 8/18/11 at 8:58am
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Well this should be true of any smoke...smoke from organic material anyway. There is carbon in that smoke and carbon without anything attached to it is diamond.
Diamond is a specific structure of carbon though. Graphite is also pure carbon but in a different structure. In other words, all diamonds are pure carbon but not all pure carbon is diamond.
    
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Well this should be true of any smoke...smoke from organic material anyway. There is carbon in that smoke and carbon without anything attached to it is diamond.
No... Carbon without anything attached is carbon. Carbon attached to carbon can be graphite, diamond, graphene, or fullerene.
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There is carbon in that smoke and carbon without anything attached to it is diamond.
Carbon without anything attached to it is......Carbon.

Don't diamonds require extreme pressure and heat over time to form? Neither of which would be present in a candle flame....
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It is a nano particle of carbon...if it was bigger it would be diamond, graphite, or graphine. They all have the same building block of a sinlge atom of carbon. So basically they call it whatever they want...they just found pieces of carbon that are few atoms big. Diamond is just catchy and noticable.

The article doesn't say what the mass of the "nano particles" are or any clue to how big they are.
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Carbon without anything attached to it is......Carbon.

Don't diamonds require extreme pressure and heat over time to form? Neither of which would be present in a candle flame....
Large diamonds, yes. But apparently no for very very very small diamonds.
    
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Don't diamonds require extreme pressure and heat over time to form? Neither of which would be present in a candle flame....
You're thinking for more full sized diamonds, not the ones discussed here.
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