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2008-01-08 22:26:17

Teams of researchers from Penn State, the Smithsonian Institution, and the Naval Research Academy have recently discovered a trait of blue diamonds that could prove to be invaluable. When a white or natural light shines on the Hope Diamond, it glows a brilliant blue; when an ultraviolet light shines on the Hope Diamond, it glows a bright red-orange for five minutes. Most diamond colors fluoresce; they only emit visible light as long as they are stimulated with uv radiation. Teams of...


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endocarp
  • The hard inner (usually woody) layer of the pericarp of some fruits (as peaches or plums or cherries or olives) that contains the seed.
This word comes from the Greek 'endon,' in, within, plus the Greek 'karpos', fruit.
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