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NASA has announced the discovery of a new mineral inside a "historically significant"* meteorite recovered from Antarctica in December 1969. The exotic blend of sulphur and titanium was spotted in the 4.5bn-year-old Yamato 691 enstatite chondrite, which may have once formed part of an asteroid orbiting between Jupiter and Mars …

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Megaphone

hmmmm....

Gee that looks like something in that puc.... :O

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Welcome

I for one....

Invasion of the body snatchers, evolution, day of the triffids etc....

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Anonymous Coward

uh oh...

i'd say superman is crapping his pants about now.

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Alien

Wassonite... more like Alienite!

Read about this stuff before, recovered from the 2nd (yes 2nd!) roswell saucer crash not recovered until '49. The one they did manage to cover-up properly!

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Anonymous Coward

Do they mean

WhatsOnTonite ?

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Sir

Or more aptly...Wassatite?

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Happy

but...

If it's 50x450nm, how do they know there aren't bits of it lying around all over the place? Who'd notice?

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Happy

Maybe you're just thinking of

Cummingtonite.

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Happy

Porn

This story makes a mockery of the UK porn laws lol

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Joke

Your joking with the name right?

Whats-On-It? pronounced in a yobbish (scouser perhaps?) accent - Wass-on-it?

I can imagine how that conversation went - presentation to the big boss...

Scientist 1: "and this is the meterotie results shown here."

Scientist 2: "Wass on it there?"

Scientist 1: "Ahhh....... Thats the new mineral we just discovered, were calling it... "Wassonite", after.... ummm.... John... John Wasson that meteorite guy from UC."

Boss: "Brilliant. What does it do?"

Scientist 1: "Well, we will need more funding to work that out..."

;)

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Clungeite

As above

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Pint

Wassonite?

Seriously? So they have a bunch of UK A-level students working in NASA naming dept now, who were having a see who could come up with the most stupid name AND get it agreed competition?!

Why not just go full pelt and call it LickMyMarmiteCoveredBallsANite!!!!

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Happy

New keyboard please

Must have new keyboard.

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Welcome to mineralogy 101

Where, rather than trying to remember cleavage patterns* you spend your time looking up rude mineral names in the index.

Also includes arsenolite, welshite, fukalite, kinoshitolite and my all-time favourite, fornacite.

* so much less interesting than you might think.

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Coat

Does the number...

... 601 ring any bells...?

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Pint

Titanium Sulphur Alloy...

...stronger than steel, but it stinks.

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nice one

that's the funniest thing i've read all week. thanks for that. 10 points for hilarity.

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physical properties?

the interesting question would be: what are it's physical properties, and what effects does it have interacting or reacting with other substances? but i guess it'll take more than a few enshrined tiny grains to work that lot out.

PS. very funny discussion. hehe.

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Well They couldn't Call it

Unobtainium now could they, that would be just too weird.

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Unobtainium, huh?

Nope, I don't get it.

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Stop

Noooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo

I'm having flashbacks about "The Core"! "The Earth core has stopped spinning", "OOOh, a geode", Lightning that only hits major landmarks... Noooooooooooooooooooooo

All those years of counselling wasted....

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Headmaster

Lexicological confusion ?

«... Wassonite has been recognised by the International Mineralogical Association and added to its list of 4,500 officially-approved minerals.» Officially approved ? Perhaps Mr Haines means «officially recognised» (without the hyphen) ?...

Henri

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Nothing new in this world - or out of it.

Typed it into Amazon.co.uk and got two items offered. Now that's service.

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don't mention the core!

how could they make a film about journeying to the centre of the earth without Doug McClure in it?!?!?!

still not enough present to bond with my skeleton

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Stop

So Wassonite...

with a size of 50x450 nanometers is big enough to be an official mineral, but Pluto's too small to be a planet. Huh?

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Go

So its not enough for a countertop....

But how long until Richard Branson is seen ostentatiously cleaning his teeth with a Wassonite toothpick?

And make sure you process that Wassonite in either an acidic or base environment. I dont want an Andromeda breakout before I've had my shots!!

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Anonymous Coward

Ah yes BUT...

this is nowhere near as good as the material that can withstand the force of 75 Hiroshimas. THAT is a new material worth knowing about. If anyone can tell me the name of the material (I know it) then you get a prize !. The inventor is a retired hairdresser.

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Alien

Uhoh!

Andromeda Strain anyone?

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Pint

Act inconspicious ...

Are they ever going to be embarrassed when they find out it's "Processed Cheese Food" ...

No smell, right ?

Tastes like a foil wrapped 4.5b year old 3 minute egg ?

It's Velveta you fools, organometallic Cheese Wiz !

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C&C is real!!

I'm expecting GDI and the Brotherhood of NOD to start duking it out ANY MINUTE NOW.

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