Seen here looking suspiciously like a whale being eaten by a giant squid, recent research into an Antarctic meteorite discovered in 1969 (beer, sex, sin, wine -- we're the class of '69!) has revealed a new mineral with a unique crystalline structure, wassonite. Great, and right after I finished building my exoskeletal suit out of cardboard. I knew I should have waited!
The amount of the new mineral found in the 4.5-billion-year-old meteorite was tiny -- less than one-hundredth as wide as a human hair. Still, that was enough to excite the researchers who announced the discovery Tuesday (April 5).
"Wassonite is a mineral formed from only two elements, sulfur and titanium, yet it possesses a unique crystal structure that has not been previously observed in nature," NASA space scientist Keiko Nakamura-Messenger said in a statement.
No word if the new mineral will prove to be some superhero's ultimate weakness, but you better believe I'm going to pose as a caterer at the 2012 Superhero Summit on Crime Prevention and find out. MWAHAHAHAHA -- LOS ANGELES WILL BE MINE! Theeeeeeeeen I'll give it back because it's a giant shithole.
Thanks to neolardo, who refuses to acknowledge new outerspace minerals until Pluto is given its planetary status back. And to Blastphemer, not to be confused with Blastphlegmer who once hocked a loogie over six miles.