Diamond Created Out Of...Peanut Butter?

The diamond could be used for superconductors and quantum computing.

A diamond is a girl's best friend! 

Unfortunately, that friend is expensive.

Hold the sandwich - diamonds might be as accesable as your kitchen cabinet. (Not really, but it's fun to think about!) 

Dan Frost of the Bayerisches Geoinstitut in Germany has discovered that you can make the popular gem from peanut butter. 

BBC Future reports that Frost has been working to duplicate complex crystalline structures found in the lower mantle of the Earth. He created high pressure then added carbon-rich material — peanut butter!

"A lot of hydrogen was released that destroyed the experiment," he says to BBC Future, "but only after it had been converted to diamond."

The researchers do hope that the discovery could help create a new and cost-effective way of creating artificial diamond. These beauties won't be for the finger, however. They could potentially be for use in superconductors and quantum computing. 

The comments on Twitter were predictably clever and funny! 

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