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Postby CheeseBeger » Wed Apr 25, 2007 3:26 pm

This is pretty cool they just found a new mineral with the exact same composition as "Kryptonite" from the Superman Movies.

A new mineral whose composition almost exactly matches that of Superman-felling kryptonite has been unearthed in Serbia by mining company Rio Tinto. The mineral was identified by researchers at the Natural History Museum, and Canada's National Research Council.

Mike Rumsey, mineral curator at the Natural History Museum, explains that when the team had worked out the structure of the mineral, sodium lithium boron silicate hydroxide, they typed it into Google to see whether anyone had classified it already.

The first link returned by the search engine was to a Wikipedia entry on kryptonite, specifically a label on a box of kryptonite in the movie Superman Returns.

He says it was very exciting because very few new minerals are discovered - between 30 and 40 every year.

However, because the mineral is actually nothing to do with Krypton, it can't be called kryptonite. International nomenclature rules are strict, and the substance will officially be called Jadarite. As well as missing out on its showbiz name, the mineral is not a radioactive green crystal, but a rather ordinary looking white powdery substance.



http://www.theregister.co.uk/2007/04/24 ... ite_found/
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Postby Coppermine » Wed Apr 25, 2007 3:42 pm

30 or 40 minerals are discovered a year? That alone amazes me. You would think that with all of the digging and scientific exploration done on Earth that we would have at least found MOST of the minerals by now.

The kryptonite thing is cool though.
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Postby chadlincoln » Wed Apr 25, 2007 4:39 pm

Coppermine wrote:30 or 40 minerals are discovered a year? That alone amazes me. You would think that with all of the digging and scientific exploration done on Earth that we would have at least found MOST of the minerals by now.

The kryptonite thing is cool though.
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Postby Madison » Wed Apr 25, 2007 6:00 pm

Coppermine wrote:30 or 40 minerals are discovered a year? That alone amazes me. You would think that with all of the digging and scientific exploration done on Earth that we would have at least found MOST of the minerals by now.

The kryptonite thing is cool though.


I'd say there's still tons and tons of things we could discover at the bottom of the oceans, and under them. To my knowledge (which means I could be wrong), we still haven't really been able to do much exploration down there.
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Postby Coppermine » Wed Apr 25, 2007 6:40 pm

Madison wrote:
Coppermine wrote:30 or 40 minerals are discovered a year? That alone amazes me. You would think that with all of the digging and scientific exploration done on Earth that we would have at least found MOST of the minerals by now.

The kryptonite thing is cool though.


I'd say there's still tons and tons of things we could discover at the bottom of the oceans, and under them. To my knowledge (which means I could be wrong), we still haven't really been able to do much exploration down there.


Yes! which reminds me of this Planet Earth documentary they're running on Discover... has anyone caught any of this? It's absolutely amazing.
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Postby GiantsFan14 » Wed Apr 25, 2007 8:38 pm

it just came out on HD-DVD and i ordered it from amazon, i cant wait...it looks so awesome
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Postby Nberan » Wed Apr 25, 2007 8:49 pm

That mini-series rocked
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Postby Omaha Red Sox » Wed Apr 25, 2007 9:22 pm

Coppermine wrote:
Madison wrote:
Coppermine wrote:30 or 40 minerals are discovered a year? That alone amazes me. You would think that with all of the digging and scientific exploration done on Earth that we would have at least found MOST of the minerals by now.

The kryptonite thing is cool though.


I'd say there's still tons and tons of things we could discover at the bottom of the oceans, and under them. To my knowledge (which means I could be wrong), we still haven't really been able to do much exploration down there.


Yes! which reminds me of this Planet Earth documentary they're running on Discover... has anyone caught any of this? It's absolutely amazing.


We've caught some of them. It's amazing that it took them something like 4 constant years of filming to get it done. 8-o
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Postby Coppermine » Wed Apr 25, 2007 9:28 pm

Omaha Red Sox wrote:
Coppermine wrote:
Madison wrote:
Coppermine wrote:30 or 40 minerals are discovered a year? That alone amazes me. You would think that with all of the digging and scientific exploration done on Earth that we would have at least found MOST of the minerals by now.

The kryptonite thing is cool though.


I'd say there's still tons and tons of things we could discover at the bottom of the oceans, and under them. To my knowledge (which means I could be wrong), we still haven't really been able to do much exploration down there.


Yes! which reminds me of this Planet Earth documentary they're running on Discover... has anyone caught any of this? It's absolutely amazing.


We've caught some of them. It's amazing that it took them something like 4 constant years of filming to get it done. 8-o


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Postby Omaha Red Sox » Wed Apr 25, 2007 9:29 pm

Coppermine wrote:
Omaha Red Sox wrote:
Coppermine wrote:
Madison wrote:
Coppermine wrote:30 or 40 minerals are discovered a year? That alone amazes me. You would think that with all of the digging and scientific exploration done on Earth that we would have at least found MOST of the minerals by now.

The kryptonite thing is cool though.


I'd say there's still tons and tons of things we could discover at the bottom of the oceans, and under them. To my knowledge (which means I could be wrong), we still haven't really been able to do much exploration down there.


Yes! which reminds me of this Planet Earth documentary they're running on Discover... has anyone caught any of this? It's absolutely amazing.


We've caught some of them. It's amazing that it took them something like 4 constant years of filming to get it done. 8-o


5!


Yeah, that's some crazy dedication right there. :-°
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