Mar
17
2009
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What is a conflict-free, ethical diamond?

Diamonds (Photo by swamibu - CC-BY)What story could a sparkling diamond tell about its journey from mine to engagement ring? More and more people want jewellery with no hint of the storyline in Blood Diamond where Leonardo DiCaprio plays a mercenary smuggling diamonds against a background of civil war in Sierra Leone. The film reflects the way diamonds mined in [more…]

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Mar
11
2009
3

What does the “Scintillate, Scintillate, Globule Vivific” poem mean?

Star Cluster NGC3603 (NASA/ESA/Hubble - PD)You may have heard this nonsense poem and wondered what it meant. Or maybe you recall it from your childhood but have forgotten its meaning. Here’s the poem: Scintillate, scintillate, globule vivific, Fain would I fathom thy nature specific, Loftily poised in the ether capacious, Strongly resembling a gem carbonaceous! In case it’s not obvious, [more…]

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