Tuesday 1 May 2007

Mystic Kryptonite


Again, the stuff of fiction becomes real stuff; this time Superman's nemesis substance, kryptonite has popped into the world of facts: a new mineral matching its unique chemical properties has been found in a mine in Serbia. To some disappointment, the new mineral is neither green nor does it glow in the dark (it does react to ultraviolet light with a pinkish-orange florescence, a sort of cheez-wiz color). Still it may prove useful, as it has boron and lithium:

"Towards the end of my research I searched the web using the mineral's chemical formula - sodium lithium boron silicate hydroxide - and was amazed to discover that same scientific name, written on a case of rock containing kryptonite stolen by Lex Luthor from a museum in the film Superman Returns." Dr. Stanley K

Kryptonite will go under the name jadarite, after Jadar, the serbian mine where it was found.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/6584229.stm

It seems jadarite is rather rare. But there is plenty of cheezwiz in the world, enabling us to stop worldsaving megalomaniacs with our alternative pieces of flying cheesestone in quesum lapis philosophorum.

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In other news, Rupert Murdoch announces a juicy ransom will be given to whomever finds King Kong's booger extant in nature. For it seems it has magic properties related to the mythic fountain of youth.

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