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Diamond Age, anyone? (Google it, or see +Neal Stephenson )
 
Alchemy for Beginners: How to turn lead into diamond

OK, not quite Lead (Pb), but the Lead commonly known as 'pencil lead' seems to be able to transform into diamond when sandwiched between suitable base (like Platinum) and Hydrogen. Now we can drive the cost of diamonds down, and expect diamonds to show up in more industrial applications - or why not, maybe even household applications. After all, nothing is sharper than a diamond knife!

Why it works

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They found that hydrogen binding initiated a domino effect, with structural changes propagating from the sample’s surface through all the carbon layers underneath, turning the initial graphite-like structure of planar carbon sheets into an arrangement of carbon atoms that resembles diamond ... [T]he scientists discovered that hydrogen binding resulted in the formation of chemical bonds between graphene and the platinum substrate.

/via +John Nash 
This illustration shows four layers of transformed graphene (single sheets of graphite, with carbon atoms represented as black spheres) on a platinum surface
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Part of what makes Fallon so cool is that at times he's such an unabashed fan-boy.
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It's the rare rap song that really grabs me, but this... this really sticks 'em with the pointy end. Awesome track:

https://soundcloud.com/catchthethrone/6-aryas-prayer-dominik-omega
Catch the Throne
6. Arya's Prayer - Dominik Omega
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How sweetly human!
 
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Because real 'Math Humor' is such a rare thing.
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+Bridget Carey always has worthwhile news on upcoming tech. It will be interesting to see how much traction the 'BlackPhone' gets in the US.
 
Tired of typical smartphones? Check out these unique models coming this year. The Blackphone will keep your messages encrypted, and the YotaPhone will save battery life with an e-ink screen.

More details on CNET: http://cnet.co/1hPXWWZ
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As a general rule, I simply don't <squee!> or do the whole fan-boy thing. Today was an exception:

http://www.theguardian.com/music/2014/mar/21/kate-bush-announces-first-series-of-shows-since-1979
After a 35-year absence, the singer makes her long-awaited live return with 15 London dates for her Before the Dawn series• Kate Bush’s only tour: pop concert or disappearing act?• Gallery: Kate Bush live – in pictures • Poll: which is the greatest Kate Bush album? • Kate Bush: 50 Words for Snow – review
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Yeah forget the actual cost of flight, hotel, and tickets. It's the mad crush to actually get a ticket that will kill you. 
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Slightly conflicted because I believe in the dignity of the office, but the willingness of any POTUS to do this shows a lot of humanity. Besides, I laughed so hard I gave myself a headache.
 
Obama does 'Between Two Ferns'

President Barack Obama is the guest on the most recent "Between Two Ferns" with Zach Galifianakis.

http://www.theverge.com/2014/3/11/5495438/barack-obama-between-two-ferns-zach-galifianakis-video
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Ok, so this is me geeking out in a major way, but I FREAKIN' LOVE THIS! Thanks, +Kryptyk Physh, for sharing.
 
I really like the sentiment here.

"Here lies Kryptyk Physh. Not gone, just more disorderly."
You want a physicist to speak at your funeral. You want the physicist to talk to your grieving family about the conservation of energy, so they will understand that your energy has not died. You want the physicist to remind your sobbing mother about the first law of thermodynamics; that no energy is created in the universe and none is destroyed. You want your mother to know that all your energy, ever vibration, every BTU of heat, every wave of ev...
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