Candle flames contain millions of tiny diamond particles, a university professor has discovered. Dr Wuzong Zhou, of St Andrews University, found about 1.5 million diamond nanoparticles are created in a candle flame every second it burns. The diamond particles are burned away in the process.
Is this even possible, energy-wise? I mean I thought extreme temperature and pressure was required to form the diamond lattice...
If a candle flame produces nano-diamonds, wouldn't several other sources of hydrocarbons produce and burn it too, during combustion?
Does anyone have a reference to an article about this from the actual scientist? or is this just another hoax?
I'd rather just believe that it's done by little elves running around.