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Science and nature / Re: Wheat versus corn
« Last post by jacquesdor on Yesterday at 02:31:43 PM »
Thank you for your reply and your research, still a wee bit baffled, but it is more clear.
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The science is divided. There *is* carbon in the atmosphere, and it quite possibly falls as "rain" and *may* get compressed into something resembling a diamond. It also may just dissolve into the other atmospheric components on the way down as there isn't very much of it.

If it did form diamonds, they'd probably be less than a millimetre in size, for the most part. But you may occasionally come across an absolute gem, if you pardon the wordplay.

See:
https://www.nature.com/news/diamond-drizzle-forecast-for-saturn-and-jupiter-1.13925

Interesting link, Siasl...but even more interesting is what this scientist Mr Baines says in your link - He estimates that "Saturn may harbour about 10 million tonnes of diamond ... with most of it made up of rocks no bigger than a millimetre and perhaps some chunks spanning 10 centimetres."

10 million tonnes of diamonds?  I could live with that, even if they were small diamonds.  OK, so there are other scientists who say Mr Baines' calculations might be wrong - but who cares?  I'm off to pack my shovel.
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Art and literature / Re: If Dracula is the Prince of darkness...
« Last post by P-Kasso2 on 18 January, 2018, 10:05:37 PM »
Is it on Netflix/Amazon Prime? Sounds like a riveting film.

...ish

Imdb.com has a snippet on it but not much more detail than I gave earlier.  In fact I nicked some of their stuff for my answer.  But, let's get back to your original question...

If Dracula is the Prince of Darkness...who are the Queen and King of Darkness? Or is it a Principality?
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Science and nature / Re: Is this just science fiction or...Is it a scientific fact?....
« Last post by siasl on 18 January, 2018, 08:17:11 PM »
The science is divided. There *is* carbon in the atmosphere, and it quite possibly falls as "rain" and *may* get compressed into something resembling a diamond. It also may just dissolve into the other atmospheric components on the way down as there isn't very much of it.

If it did form diamonds, they'd probably be less than a millimetre in size, for the most part. But you may occasionally come across an absolute gem, if you pardon the wordplay.

See:
https://www.nature.com/news/diamond-drizzle-forecast-for-saturn-and-jupiter-1.13925
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Art and literature / Re: If Dracula is the Prince of darkness...
« Last post by siasl on 18 January, 2018, 08:11:25 PM »
Is it on Netflix/Amazon Prime? Sounds like a riveting film.

...ish
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Art and literature / Re: If Dracula is the Prince of darkness...
« Last post by P-Kasso2 on 18 January, 2018, 07:08:41 PM »
Good question Siasl but it's also a very murky subject and one that's positively wreathed in the mists of time.

I doubt if Dracula even knew who his father was (these monster families are all notoriously promiscuous) but I do know all about Dracula's mother.

I can confidently say that Dracula's mother is none other than an American actress  called Mary Lechter.

At least she was - in the film appropriately called Dracula's Mother, a ridiculously low-budget, black and white US horror B-movie made in 2007 and shot on a budget of $15,000, which is less than half a bowl of peanuts.



For those lucky enough to have missed this film, the 'plot' is that young Dracula has the mega hots for the girl next door (called Lucy) and asks her to ankle down the aisle with him and become the new Mrs Dracula...but the old Mrs Dracula, his mum, has other ideas. She is literally horrified by her son Dracula's choice.

The result? All hell breaks out in an epic stinker of a script about the age old story of a family at war where Dracula is forced to choose between his horrible mother or Lucy, his one true love.

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Miscellaneous / What happens to all that salt we bung on the roads every winter?
« Last post by P-Kasso2 on 18 January, 2018, 06:09:26 PM »
There must be thousands of tons of salt spread on our roads in winter. So much so that it made me wonder 'Where does it all go to?'

Salt, in such quantities, can't be good for us, can it? And it can't be good for worms or birds or plants etc either. But I don't remember seeing trees yellowing off - or roads covered in piles of worms gasping for breath.

So where is all that salt going? Is all that salt harmful, or not?
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Technology / Have scientists really developed a super glue from mussels and geckoes?
« Last post by P-Kasso2 on 18 January, 2018, 05:55:16 PM »
Geckoes, I can understand because they have famously sticky feet. But mussels?  A friend (our local science buff and wannabe Albert Einstein) swears blind that he has read somewhere that scientists really have developed a new super glue by boiling down mussels and dead geckos.

Is it true? Have they? Are any details available?
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Miscellaneous / How many plagues mentioned in the Bible were cause by insects?
« Last post by P-Kasso2 on 18 January, 2018, 05:42:49 PM »

Anybody know? The plagues I mean are only those famous ones mentioned in the Book of Exodus in the Old Testament.
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....that it rains diamonds on Saturn and Jupiter!   Oh really?  I know where I am going for my summer holidays!

All I know for sure is that I was told this on a bus yesterday by a sci-fi geek or lunatic. He whispered  "D'you know? They have diamond rainstorms on Saturn and Jupiter? It rains 24-carat diamonds there!"

If it is true, then why on earth are we still prattling on about trying to get to Mars?  Forget Mars, I say.  Let's all head straight for Saturn with our shovels! 

But who knows? Maybe this idea of diamonds falling out of the sky isn't just a load of old bolometers?

Is it true that it rains diamonds on Saturn and Jupiter?  Does it?  Or not?
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