No two things can ever “touch” each other. Every single thing in this universe is made up of tiny tiny particles. Some have a “charge” some don’t. Now we all know that like charges repel and opposite attract. If you push two things together so as to bring them in contact, there would a time when the repulsive forces (of the like charges) would equal the attractive forces (of the opposite charges and of your hands since you are pushing them together) and an equilibrium would be achieved. At this point the distance between the two things is so small that your eyes make you think they are actually in contact.
The feeling that something is touching you is because the repulsive forces put a pressure on your nerves which give you the sense of “touch”.
This also happens when you kiss, hug or punch anyone.
So the next time someone says “Stop touching me!” or something similar, just tell them that you aren’t.
In Sheffield, England, a Y2K-infected computer sent incorrect prenatal test results to 154 pregnant women, wrongly diagnosing their healthy babies as having Down’s syndrome. As a result, two of the babies were aborted.
In space there are objects that are the remains of massive stars. These objects have created what in essence is a massive highly compressed mass of carbon. Or rather, a super sized diamond.
Bailes and his team couldn’t actually detect the carbon or oxygen, but given the mass of the “planet” and their understanding of the lifecycle of stars, there’s not much else it could be. And because a Jupiter’s worth of carbon would have a pretty powerful gravity of its own, it would almost certainly have crushed itself into crystalline form — in other words, diamond. “We can’t uniquely say what percentage of the planet would be diamond,” says Bailes, since the details of the process aren’t absolutely clear. But it would likely be a lot.
Purists might raise their eyebrows at calling the nameless object a planet, given that it once looked just like the sun. But when the International Astronomical Union created its formal definition of the word planet in 2006 — and demoted Pluto by doing it — there was nothing in the fine print about how the object had formed. It’s clearly not a star now, and it’s about the mass of Jupiter. If it looks like a planet (albeit a very weird one) and acts like a planet, then it probably should be called a planet.
The discovery also raises the question of whether there are other diamond planets studding the Milky Way like jewels on a tiara. And the answer, says Bailes, is an absolute “maybe.” “This is the only one like it so far,” he adds. But the find was part of a major international search designed to look for and study pulsars across the sky — and that search is far from over.