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Scientists Turn Tequila Into Diamonds

ScuttleMonkey posted more than 5 years ago | from the still-working-on-a-use-for-the-worm dept.

Science 249

MaxwellEdison writes "Researchers, oddly enough from the National Autonomous University of Mexico, have found a way to make diamond films using tequila. They were originally testing methods of creating the films with organic solutions like acetone when it was noticed the ideal ratios of water and ethanol turned out to be about 80 proof, or 40% alcohol. '"To dissipate any doubts, one morning on the way to the lab I bought a pocket-size bottle of cheap white tequila and we did some tests," Apátiga said. "We were in doubt over whether the great amount of chemicals present in tequila, other than water and ethanol, would contaminate or obstruct the process, it turned out to be not so. The results were amazing, same as with the ethanol and water compound, we obtained almost spherical shaped diamonds of nanometric size. There is no doubt; tequila has the exact proportion of carbon, hydrogen and oxygen atoms necessary to form diamonds."'"

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this just makes sense (5, Funny)

moderatorrater (1095745) | more than 5 years ago | (#25682139)

Diamonds make girls easier to sleep with; tequila makes girls easier to sleep with. We really should have seen this earlier.

Re:this just makes sense (2, Funny)

JJNess (1238668) | more than 5 years ago | (#25682251)

My kingdom for mod points! Thread is over in one post!

Re:this just makes sense (5, Funny)

Philip K Dickhead (906971) | more than 5 years ago | (#25682371)

My thoughts? Like a Pawn Shop in reverse-gear.

Now, where's my candy colored clown?

Re:this just makes sense (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25682635)

Your request is this moderator's command.

I overmodded due to a glut of points on my part and for the sheer level of EPIC WIN in that comment.

Re:this just makes sense (5, Funny)

dedazo (737510) | more than 5 years ago | (#25682269)

Which reminds me of this [flickr.com] [NSFW]

Re:this just makes sense (1, Funny)

aliquis (678370) | more than 5 years ago | (#25682731)

I don't get it.

Re:this just makes sense (5, Funny)

camperdave (969942) | more than 5 years ago | (#25683193)

Sigh! Neither do I mate. Neither do I.

Re:this just makes sense (1)

zappepcs (820751) | more than 5 years ago | (#25682275)

I agree with JJNess... awesome!

Re:this just makes sense (5, Funny)

thetoadwarrior (1268702) | more than 5 years ago | (#25682299)

Tequila is cheaper and produces better results imo.

Re:this just makes sense (4, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25682391)

Seriously! GGW isn't run on diamonds mister.

Re:this just makes sense (1)

thetoadwarrior (1268702) | more than 5 years ago | (#25682465)

Exactly and the younger they are the less likely they're going to realise they should have went for diamonds over booze.

Re:this just makes sense (4, Funny)

Fred_A (10934) | more than 5 years ago | (#25682727)

*And* tequila works just fine by itself when there aren't any girls around. What the hell are diamonds good for ?

Re:this just makes sense (5, Funny)

geekoid (135745) | more than 5 years ago | (#25682955)

To buy more tequila.

Re:this just makes sense (5, Funny)

butalearner (1235200) | more than 5 years ago | (#25682327)

Diamonds make girls easier to sleep with; tequila makes girls easier to sleep with. We really should have seen this earlier.

I can't decide whether it's funny or sad that this was modded informative.

Re:this just makes sense (5, Funny)

Loibisch (964797) | more than 5 years ago | (#25682389)

Yeah, me neither...that post is goddamn insightful!

Re:this just makes sense (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25682987)

Just when I thought this thread couldn't get any better.

Re:this just makes sense (4, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25682517)

Informative posts get karma, funny ones do not.

Re:this just makes sense (5, Funny)

Kamokazi (1080091) | more than 5 years ago | (#25682441)

Quit rambling about your unfounded theories here....we all know damn well that no amount of tequila or diamonds could cause any girl to sleep with a Slashdot reader.

Re:this just makes sense (1)

Loibisch (964797) | more than 5 years ago | (#25682529)

Quit rambling about your unfounded theories here....we all know damn well that no amount of tequila or diamonds could cause any girl to sleep with a Slashdot reader.

Duh, why do you think noone ever reads TFA?

Re:this just makes sense (5, Informative)

eln (21727) | more than 5 years ago | (#25682577)

Which is why God invented roofies.

I'm going to hell, aren't I?

Re:this just makes sense (4, Informative)

Kamokazi (1080091) | more than 5 years ago | (#25682667)

That's the other great thing about Slashdot readers....many of us are atheists....so you can do whatever you want and just fade out of existence like the rest of us!

Re:this just makes sense (1)

Loibisch (964797) | more than 5 years ago | (#25683095)

...the very special level of hell.

Re:this just makes sense (3, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25682769)

Quit rambling about your unfounded theories here....we all know damn well that no amount of tequila or diamonds could cause any girl to sleep with a Slashdot reader.

I wouldn't say "no amount of tequila"...

As they say, one tequila, two tequila, three tequila, floor.

Re:this just makes sense (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25683203)

Tequila and Diamonds might not work, but inflating sure does!

Re:this just makes sense (1)

dreamchaser (49529) | more than 5 years ago | (#25682557)

That is correlation, not causation.

Re:this just makes sense (1)

nizo (81281) | more than 5 years ago | (#25682677)

Yeah but what girl would want a diamond with a worm in it?

Re:this just makes sense (1)

aliquis (678370) | more than 5 years ago | (#25682761)

Except there is none. [wikipedia.org]

Re:this just makes sense (1)

nizo (81281) | more than 5 years ago | (#25682841)

Wow, I could swear my dad had a bottle of tequila with a worm in it when I was a kid, but then again maybe his friends were just messing with him.

Re:this just makes sense (3, Informative)

jarodss (243400) | more than 5 years ago | (#25683033)

Tequila is a form of Mezcal, so you were probably just confused.

Re:this just makes sense (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25683143)

Just wait until DeBeers hears of this study. They will put a stop to anything that impinges upon their diamond market monopoly.

Re:this just makes sense (3, Funny)

element-o.p. (939033) | more than 5 years ago | (#25683281)

Personally, I would rather have de beer than de tequila.

god and diamonds (1)

Deadfyre_Deadsoul (1193759) | more than 5 years ago | (#25682145)

further proof, quervo is god.

Re:god and diamonds (4, Funny)

Ethanol-fueled (1125189) | more than 5 years ago | (#25682323)

"Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy." -- Ben Franklin

"Tequila is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy and rich" -- Jose Cuervo Sauza-Patron

Now, are they sure about this? (5, Funny)

jd (1658) | more than 5 years ago | (#25682147)

Drinking too much of the tequilla beforehand might impact the observations.

AC Turned Beef Burrito (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25682363)

into a real mess this morning

it was a methane packed load of shit spackling the bowl of the toilet

and holy schizzle, bizzle, the smellizzle

What? (1)

dedazo (737510) | more than 5 years ago | (#25682149)

That's a waste of good tequila, c'mon...

Fr1st shot. (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25682159)

Fr1st shot.

sounds like... (2, Insightful)

internerdj (1319281) | more than 5 years ago | (#25682181)

a project with lots of Tequila involved.

Re:sounds like... (1)

theelectron (973857) | more than 5 years ago | (#25682393)

Count me in! Now, how do I sign up?

good news (5, Funny)

TheMeuge (645043) | more than 5 years ago | (#25682183)

This is good news. Shortly, you'll be able to use the same substance that got you into this mess, for the ring.

But now we'll have to protect these scientists, as well as tequila factories, lest DeBeers have them assassinated.

Re:good news (5, Funny)

oahazmatt (868057) | more than 5 years ago | (#25682223)

This is good news. Shortly, you'll be able to use the same substance that got you into this mess, for the ring.

Hey, some of us can make that mistake perfectly sober, thank you very much.

Re:good news (2, Informative)

bluefoxlucid (723572) | more than 5 years ago | (#25682519)

Some of us aren't interested in the mess until it's no longer a mistake. Of course... we always fuck that one up... and spend the rest of our lives lonely...

Re:good news (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25683035)

Heh, it's always a mistake. You just have to decide if it's one you're willing to live with. ;)

Re:good news (1)

feyhunde (700477) | more than 5 years ago | (#25683219)

Some how I think the Tequila factories will do fine. South African Assassins are not going to take tequila with out fighting me, and most of mexico and the SW US.

Tag this wasteofgoodtequila (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25682187)

n/t

cost of being an alcoholic has gone up (2, Funny)

yincrash (854885) | more than 5 years ago | (#25682197)

just like with using ethanol with food, how's this going to affect being an alcoholic?

Re:cost of being an alcoholic has gone up (5, Funny)

MaxwellEdison (1368785) | more than 5 years ago | (#25682381)

You'll be okay. Turns out cirrhosis is just a build up of diamonds. So now liver transplants can pay for themselves!

Re:cost of being an alcoholic has gone up (1)

SlowMovingTarget (550823) | more than 5 years ago | (#25683245)

I'd hate to pass that kind of stone. I bet Shatner could sell his at Christie's, though.

Yikes (3, Funny)

rudeboy1 (516023) | more than 5 years ago | (#25682235)

As much tequila as I've put away in the past, I'm thinking I should have examined more closely the output from a recent bout with kidney stones...

Re:Yikes (5, Funny)

thetoadwarrior (1268702) | more than 5 years ago | (#25682325)

Of course women dream of wearing something on their finger that you passed through your penis.

Re:Yikes (4, Funny)

alvinrod (889928) | more than 5 years ago | (#25682413)

I'm almost certain there's a 'your mother' joke in there somewhere.

Re:Yikes (4, Funny)

MaxwellEdison (1368785) | more than 5 years ago | (#25682449)

No worse than the other places she's put that finger.

I was gonna call for a rimshot...but that would just be tasteless

Re:Yikes (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25682833)

Oh I assure you, there is a taste...

Re:Yikes (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25682613)

diamond and pearl necklace

Re:Yikes (2)

celle (906675) | more than 5 years ago | (#25682799)

Why not? Whether they dream of it or not, their fingers will eventually be wrapped around our balls anyway.

It's inevitable (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25682255)

Look at these great advances that wouldn't be possible under prohibition. When will the current ignorant War On Drugs ever end?

Re:It's inevitable (3, Interesting)

philspear (1142299) | more than 5 years ago | (#25682507)

Uh, I'm not sure I follow your logic there, even though I agree with the end result. TFA points out they had discovered this by using ethanol and water mixed. They made mixes from pure alchohol and water, it was only after they found the ideal ratio that someone realized it was the same as tequilla. Had prohibition been going on, they would have discovered the real money making part: the ratio of water to alchohol needed to make diamonds.

Interestingly, most labs that use ethanol for things like sterilization get most of it not in the form of pure ethanol but 70% ethanol. There seem to be two causes for that in the US, one is of course that higher-purity ethanol is harder to make, I'm not sure what goes into getting 100% ethanol, but I've heard you can't distill it that pure. The other is that the 70% stock is usually denatured, it often has methanol added. The addition of methanol makes it undrinkable (er, well you could drink it, but you'd go blind and die if you drank enough of it) and also makes it taxed less.

I wonder if these guys weren't trying to cut down on laboratory costs, maybe methanol reduces the efficiency (ruling out the denatured alchohol), but the non-methanol contaminants in tequilla don't. Maybe tequilla is a lot cheaper than even denatured alchohol in Mexico.

Re:It's inevitable (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25682653)

Maybe tequilla is a lot cheaper than even denatured alchohol in Mexico.

Or maybe they just needed an excuse to be able to bill Tequila to their lab expense account!

Re:It's inevitable (5, Informative)

Stile 65 (722451) | more than 5 years ago | (#25682663)

It's hard to get 100% pure ethanol because ethanol is hygroscopic. This is part of the problem with using pure ethanol in vehicles (water ends up in your fuel without proper precautions), and why butanol may be a better choice for fuel.

Also, I'm not sure why nobody's mentioned it, but vodka is about the closest you can get to a 60%-40% water/ethanol mixture. Very few if any extra chemicals. Why use tequila instead of vodka?

Re:It's inevitable (1)

liquiddark (719647) | more than 5 years ago | (#25682793)

Because of the goddamn Russians, pinko.

Re:It's inevitable (4, Funny)

Bemopolis (698691) | more than 5 years ago | (#25682809)

Because the research was done at UNAM. And the only thing worse than cheap Mexican tequila is cheap Mexican vodka. Even the worms refuse to drown in it.

Re:It's inevitable (1)

MaxwellEdison (1368785) | more than 5 years ago | (#25682817)

Debido a su Mexico! Ahora, dónde dejo mi prostituta?

Re:It's inevitable (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25682819)

Why use tequila instead of vodka?

Because the research was done in Mexico instead of Russia? Wonder if the Physics departments at various colleges in Kentucky are working on their proposals yet,,,

ATTENTION BREWERS: Promotional opportunity is knocking! Fund some physics reasearch.

Re:It's inevitable (1)

SydShamino (547793) | more than 5 years ago | (#25683187)

Why use tequila instead of vodka?

Duh, you can't make a good margarita out of vodka.

Re:It's inevitable (4, Informative)

UnknowingFool (672806) | more than 5 years ago | (#25682723)

I'm not sure what goes into getting 100% ethanol, but I've heard you can't distill it that pure.

In simple distillation it is impossible to get 100% ethanol. The highest purity you can get is 95.6% ethanol and 4.4% water because ethanol/water is an azeotrope [wikipedia.org] . There are several ways to get pure ethanol [wikipedia.org] , one of which is to add compounds like benzene which makes it unsuitable for human consumption.

Re:It's inevitable (1)

dgatwood (11270) | more than 5 years ago | (#25683287)

Why not use filtration and/or sieving? Ethanol molecules should be much larger than water molecules.... I know we're talking about creating nanomaterials here, but surely somebody has tried it.... :-)

How much did you drink tonight? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25682267)

About a billion dollars worth of margaritas.

Shit... (3, Funny)

Quantos (1327889) | more than 5 years ago | (#25682271)

There goes the price of Tequila....

Re:Shit... (1)

Sobieski (1032500) | more than 5 years ago | (#25682339)

There goes the worth of diamonds....

Re:Shit... (3, Funny)

Loibisch (964797) | more than 5 years ago | (#25682453)

There goes my liver...

Think of the possibilities:
1. buy some cheap tequila
2. turn it into diamonds to buy more tequila
3. dare I say it?...Profit! And liver damage.

Backwards... (3, Funny)

KGIII (973947) | more than 5 years ago | (#25682277)

I've been doing the reverse for years. I'm not even a scientist.

Seen it before... (0)

GreatRedShark (880833) | more than 5 years ago | (#25682285)

Tequila has lead to diamonds before, more often than other places in Vegas ;)

Tequila - Diamond (3, Funny)

oldhack (1037484) | more than 5 years ago | (#25682297)

Once again, eggheads and their muddled brains. Ask yourself: Is that a good thing?

Their next plans include... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25682303)

...embedding nanoscale worms in the diamonds.

Does this mean.. (1)

Markimedes (1292762) | more than 5 years ago | (#25682409)

That I'll need to be 21 to buy my wedding ring? Damn.

Re:Does this mean.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25682501)

You shouldn't be getting maried that young.

Jeweler, there's a worm in my diamond! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25682437)

Please be quiet, sir, or everyone will want one.

Worms are a girls best friend... (3, Funny)

polyomninym (648843) | more than 5 years ago | (#25682439)

Is that a Rolex?
No, it's an Anejo, you insensitive clod!

Eureka! (1)

LullySing (164221) | more than 5 years ago | (#25682445)

I guess that explains the aftertaste.

They probably... (4, Funny)

Amazing Quantum Man (458715) | more than 5 years ago | (#25682451)

Just got caught with the tequila at work, and had to come up with an excuse quickly.

Umm... we're... um... um... trying to make diamond nanospheres with it! Yeah, diamond nanospheres! That's the ticket.

Re:They probably... (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25682537)

Just got caught with the tequila at work, and had to come up with an excuse quickly.

Umm... we're... um... um... trying to make diamond nanospheres with it! Yeah, diamond nanospheres! That's the ticket.

I just say my code is compiling.

Re:They probably... (5, Informative)

Hatta (162192) | more than 5 years ago | (#25682807)

This isn't the first time something like this has been done. Northern Blots involve the detection of RNA bound to a membrane by hybridizing it with a complementary radioactive RNA probe. Two things, to prevent non-specific binding of the probe to the membrane you need to block it with some inert protein. Powdered milk is a cheap convenient source of protein. In order to do they hybridization at a lower temperature, a little alcohol is used.

Anyway, some genius figured that since Bailey's Irish cream contains milk and alcohol, you could use it in your hybridization buffer. Apparently it worked, it's even been used for published [cshlp.org] results. Generally formamide is used instead of ethanol these days, and the dry milk works just fine. Still, it's a clever way to get your liquor funded by your grant. ;)

Getting back to a geek topic ... (0, Offtopic)

PolygamousRanchKid (1290638) | more than 5 years ago | (#25682481)

... I have seen some code recently, that I think would be easier for me to digest with Tequila ... hell, in my company, it would be easier to put in a purchase request for Tequila than diamonds

This isn't a big deal (5, Funny)

MrPBoy (323206) | more than 5 years ago | (#25682589)

I have personally turned tequila into many things. Including vomit and diarrhea.

TGIF - 5:00 Somewhere! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25682623)

TGIF...Its 5:00 somewhere...Isn't Tecuila a Carb...I can drink more!

Ladies and Gay men Contact me! - tsdfitz@yahoo.com

Oh that's just great (2, Interesting)

Adam Hazzlebank (970369) | more than 5 years ago | (#25682659)

How's 200 bottles of Tequila going to look on my next grant application?

Re:Oh that's just great (3, Insightful)

Phrogman (80473) | more than 5 years ago | (#25682931)

You mean "200 containers of refined 40% alcohol-based development solution" placed on order from its Mexican manufacturing plant :P

Re:Oh that's just great (3, Funny)

Zanix (684798) | more than 5 years ago | (#25683259)

You mean 201, you've got to keep one to actually do research with after all.

Homebrew Applications (1)

gringer (252588) | more than 5 years ago | (#25682887)

Those temperatures and pressures seem relatively low. I wonder if this stuff could be achieved using something like a pressure cooker hooked up to a clay kiln. The idea of a DIY stainless steel diamond coating process is quite pleasing to me.

Re:Homebrew Applications (1)

Yarcofin (1397091) | more than 5 years ago | (#25683265)

The fact that it's not illegal combined with the high value of diamonds makes this worth any risk of blowing up. Certainly a better and more legit occupation for anyone currently in the crystal meth industry, at least.

Not as interesting as the headline (1)

dcooper_db9 (1044858) | more than 5 years ago | (#25682917)

Scientists at GE invented artificial diamonds more than 30 years ago. It sounds like what these guys really discovered is that they could use an impure solution in the process. That might be helpful if alcohol were expensive but I think your common drugstore ethanol is cheaper than food grade.

screw diamonds (1)

a thing(amagigger) (1224030) | more than 5 years ago | (#25682953)

I just want my blue agave syrup.

Doh ... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25683045)

So can we can "transform" diamonds into great tasting tequila? ... and dont be a wise ass an tell me that we can sell the diamonds and buy a great bottle of tequila.

Ahh tequila (4, Funny)

Daswolfen (1277224) | more than 5 years ago | (#25683051)

is there nothing you can't do? From creating diamonds to making me forget my freshman (and most of my sophomore)year at college.

Good Times,good times...

Branching out. (1)

mindwanderer (1169521) | more than 5 years ago | (#25683065)

They plan to begin industrial-scale applications around 2011, and hope to interest a tequila producer in widening its market beyond the traditional beverage.

I for one look forward to my Jose Cuervo RAM sticks.

Not Tequila specific (1)

PatTheGreat (956344) | more than 5 years ago | (#25683069)

Erm, I may be wrong, but don't most distilled liqueurs come as 80 proof here in the States?

The tequila song (1)

wildzeke (191754) | more than 5 years ago | (#25683093)

You can't mention tequila with out thinking of the song.

Da dada dada Da da.

I came. (0, Troll)

jcuervo (715139) | more than 5 years ago | (#25683115)

Hard.

What a Waste (3, Funny)

MisterMook (634297) | more than 5 years ago | (#25683221)

Why would anyone waste good tequila on rocks? Call me back when someone can turn cheap beer into tequila.

Whiskey would work better.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25683273)

I would think that whiskey would work better, since whiskey is made from peat, and peat eventually turns into coal, and coal eventually turns into diamonds.

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