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Wednesday, April 25, 2007

A new mineral was discovered

A new mineral was discovered by scientists, this mineral has a composition similar to the kryptonite as described in the Superman movie.
The large green crystals of kryptonite have a devasting affect on the superhero. However, unlike its famous counterpart, the new mineral is white, powdery and not radioactive. And, rather than coming from outer space, the real kryptonite was found in Serbia.

'The new mineral does not contain fluorine and is white rather than green, but in all other respects the chemistry matches that for the rock containing kryptonite. We will have to be careful with it - we wouldn't want to deprive Earth of its most famous superhero!'

The mineral could be used as a source of lithium , which has many uses including in batteries, or as a source of borate, which is used for cleaning, also known as borax.

Source & Image:
nhm.ac.uk (Natural History Museum)

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