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Converting Methane into Diamonds?
October 15, 2013 | National Geographic

Intense temperature, pressure and lightning storms on Saturn and Jupiter may be able to convert atmospheric methane into diamonds – producing a rain of diamonds on those planets.

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The Temperature Mystery of Planetary Atmospheres
December 19, 2013 | University of Washington
An atmospheric peculiarity the Earth shares with Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune is likely common to billions of planets, and knowing that may help in the search for potentially habitable worlds.

An Old Star Producing New Planets
February 8, 2013 | NASA
"A star thought to have passed the age at which it can form planets may, in fact, be creating new worlds. The disk of material surrounding the surprising star called TW Hydrae may be massive enough to make even more planets than we have in our own solar system." Quoted from the NASA press release.

Diamonds from Brazil?
September 25, 2013 | Gemological Institute of America
Few people think of Brazil as a source of diamonds, but in the 1700s the country was the world's leading supplier of gem-quality diamonds. Production continues there today with about 25,000 carats produced per year. Related: The only producing diamond mine in the USA.

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