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Sunday, May 8, 2011

New mineral discovered in meteorite - could be a problem for Superman

Scientists have discovered a new mineral embedded in a meteorite, believed to be one of the oldest minerals in the solar system: krotite. The solar system was formed from the collapse of a giant molecular cloud approximately 4.6 billion years ago. The streaks of krotite within the meteorite are called as refractory inclusions. This one has been more playfully named "Cracked Egg".  
From Science Daily:
 "It is the main component of an unusual inclusion embedded in a meteorite (NWA 1934), found in northwest Africa. These objects, known as refractory inclusions, are thought to be the first planetary materials formed in our solar system, dating back to before the formation of Earth and the other planets."
Will this new mineral be the new Achilles' Heel for Superman?  Is this payback for renouncing his U.S. citizenship? Stay tuned ....

The "Cracked Egg" grain, in which krotite was discovered. Credit: Image by Chi Ma


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