The much-awaited 10th anniversary celebration of Beaconhouse Malaysia, finally unfolded on July 4.
Compressed diamond sheds light on mega-planets
Physicists in the United States have reported that they have compressed diamond to a density greater than that of lead, a technical feat that yields insights into the secrets of giant planets. Diamond is the hardest, strongest form of carbon on Earth and the least compressible material known.
A tiny synthetic sample of it was bombarded with 176 laser beams, creating pressure waves that progressively squeezed the sample to nearly four times its normal density, the scientists reported in the journal Nature.
In the 20-nanosecond operation, the diamond was exposed to pressure of five terapascals, equivalent to 50 million times the pressure of the atmosphere at Earth´s surface or 14 times the pressure at its core.
“It is easy to take liberty for granted, when you have never had it taken from you.”
“Nothing is more difficult, and therefore more precious, than to be able to decide.”
“It is only when the mind and character slumber that the dress can be seen.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson
“It is curious that physical courage should be so common in the world and moral courage so rare.”
Load up on vitamin C. We need at least 90 mg of vitamin C per day and the best way to get this is by eating at least five servings of fresh fruit and vegetables every day. So hit the oranges and guavas!