Haiti Benefit Concert

Just three short weeks after the devestating earthquake struck Haiti, an array of celebrities with vastly unique musical backgrounds joined forces…and voices, for a  Haiti Relief concert called Saving Ourselves-Help For Haiti. The special features singers from Harry Connick Jr, to Usher, even Barbara Streisand to name a few.
Recording a new and improved version of the 1985 “We are the World”, the singers hope to keep the struggling people of Haiti in the forefront of the publics mind. $ 66 Million dollars have already been raised and the new Haiti-relief remix will be showcased during the Superbowl, which will certainly draw more attention. There is little doubt that these celebrities hearts are in the right place…giving of their time, collaborating with other artists, they have definately stepped up and are showing support for this struggling community. Some skeptics are not so confident in the music industries ability to affect a substantial change here, but I don’t think $66 million is anything to scoff at. In addition to the immediate financial gains…future sales of this cd could be monumental. At any rate, music…to some extent, has the power to heal. It can make you smile, or laugh, it can bring tears to your eyes, music can get inside you and when it does, you feel it. Sure, people tend to forget, we get sidetracked, or we just become dispassionate…then we press play, and we remember. We are suddenly flooded with all the feelings we had the first time we heard that song or saw that performance, and without warning it all comes back. That’s what these artists are hoping for, not that one moment of glory, but the legacy that, glorious feeling will leave behind.

Super-Hard Diamond Found in Meteorite

It’s hard to imagine something harder than diamonds, but researchers have found it. A meteorite was recently discovered to have carbon material with a consistency harder than diamonds. The rock was found in Finland in 1971 after falling to earth.  As researchers polished it recently, they were surprised to see raised surfaces in its face. These surfaces remained after a diamond-filled paste was used to sand it down. The resilience of the raised surfaces against the diamonds proved to be something more than mere carbon.

Meteorite Diamond

Diamonds encased in meteorite.

The meteorite’s diamonds may not be suitable for a ring or necklace, but they are a telling find for geologists. “The discovery was accidental but we were sure that looking in these meteorites would lead to new findings on the carbon system,” said Tristan Ferroir of the Universite de Lyon in France.

Scientists speculate that these meteorite-bound diamonds were created in a similar fashion to man-made diamonds. The diamonds were created in a process similar to that of synthetic diamonds including intense head and exponential pressure. Scientists predicted the existence of these ultra-hard diamonds many years ago but they had never found the evidence in nature.

These “space diamonds” give geologists and gemologists invaluable information that will help in the manufacturing of diamonds for use in the consumer gem market.


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