Birthday Bargain


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Did you know that the earth probably has a diamond studded mantle? Yup, that's what Dan Frost, a scientist at the Bayerisches Geoinstitut in Germany, who is trying to recreate the conditions in the lower mantle of the earth thinks.

Violent explosions are common place in his lab and not dangerous, he claims.

His research has revealed some astonishing possibilities, including that of oceans deep in the innards of the earth. Frost also believes geological processes pull carbon-di-oxide out of the oceans, into the rocks and push it further down in to the mantle, where it is converted in to diamonds.

Remember those alchemists trying to transform iron in to gold. They had it all wrong! They should have been trying to make diamonds from thin air, with a little help from iron. Much bigger profit margin, don't you think?

According to Frost, the high pressure in the mantle, forces the carbon-di-oxide from the rocks on to the iron rich materials, which oxidize by taking away the oxygen from the carbon-di-oxide. And voilà! The carbon left behind gets converted to diamonds because of the unbelievably high pressure conditions.

Frost has been able to convert carbon-di-oxide, and even carbon rich peanut butter, in to diamonds, using his simulated mantle experiments in his lab.

See how Nina uses this knowledge to strike an awesome bargain with Nana. Now you how to get expensive toys for peanut money!


Why Nina? That's diabolical and brilliant. Have you tried striking this bargain with your parents?

By the way, if you are wondering what 3D printers are, check out this Wikipedia page, and I guarantee you'll be wowed! If you managed to get one of those you could just print out all your one of a kind birthday gifts. It's the gift that keeps on giving!

Friday Kids Specials

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So little kiddies, keep those facts coming, and we'll get cracking on cracking you up. We are looking forward to hearing from you. Mommies and daddies, please be kind enough to pass on the valuable information your kids want to share.

You can read Lavanya's take in volving the Hollywood movie The Core here

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