Third ever natural quasicrystal is found on a Russian meteorite | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED

Third ever natural quasicrystal is found on a Russian meteorite

An incredibly rare and unusual type of crystal, once dismissed as impossible to exist, has been identified on a piece of meteorite in Russia.

With a strange repeating structure, for years researchers believed quasicrystals could only be made artificially.

Now the discovery, published in a new paper, marks the third finding of the bizarre materials in their natural form.

An incredibly rare and unusual type of crystal, once dismissed as impossible to exist, has been identified on a piece of meteorite in Russia .The discovery, published in a new paper, marks the third finding of the bizarre materials in their natural form
A HISTORY OF QUASICRYSTALS
With a strange and irregular structure, for years researchers believed quasicrystals could only be made artificially.

Researchers discovered the first naturally formed quasicrystals in the early 2000s, after years of manufacturing artificial samples.

Princeton physicist Paul Steinhardt and colleague Luca Bindi, from the University of Florence, found a grain of an aluminium, copper, and iron mineral with five-fold symmetry.

In 2015, Steinhardt and his team found a second quasicrystal.

Now, sixteen years later, the third specimen has been identified.

The crystal, identified in a new paper published in Scientific Reports, was analysed by researchers at the University of Florence, Caltech and Princeton.

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