Wednesday, August 31, 2011

What's Hot This Week

Surprise! Alien Planet Made of Diamond Discovered

by Nola Taylor Redd, Contributor

A newly discovered alien planet that formed from a dead star is a real diamond in the rough. The super-high pressure of the planet, which orbits a rapidly pulsing neutron star, has likely caused the carbon within it to crystallize into an actual diamond, a new study suggests.

Extraterrestrial Hurricanes: Other Planets Have Huge Storms, Too

by Mike Wall, Senior Writer

By Earth standards, Hurricane Irene is a monster storm. But it's just a baby compared to the massive cyclones of Jupiter and Saturn.

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