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What's My Recommended Daily Allowance?: New Mineral 'Wassonite' Discovered

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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.

4.5-Billion-Year-Old Antarctic Meteorite Yields New Mineral [space]

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.

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