Mined diamonds and gemstones can cause a great deal of environmental damage getting them out of the ground, not to mention the horrible working conditions of miners – some just children – have to endure in some of the world’s diamond mines. Lab-grown diamonds and gemstones don’t require dangerous working conditions, and they’re made with just a fraction of the environmental impact of mined gems. But are those stones grown in laboratory really diamonds? Do they look the same as the mined versions? We talk to a spokesperson for lab-grown diamonds and to a geologist about the issue.
The next presidential campaigns are gearing up and GOP and Democratic hopefuls are already testing the waters more than 18 months before the elections. The people you see in front of the cameras and in the headlines are only part of the story, though. Behind the scenes are men and women who support the candidates in very important ways. We’ll hear about a few of these hardworking “sidekicks” who served some of our modern presidents, and even about one who made George Washington smile!