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=OBS= EstebanRey
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Maybe the Americans can use it against the insurgents in Iraq, they normally confuse Hollywood with reality, LOL

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/sci/tech/6584229.stm

Kryptonite is no longer just the stuff of fiction feared by caped superheroes.
A new mineral matching its unique chemistry - as described in the film Superman Returns - has been identified in a mine in Serbia.

According to movie and comic-book storylines, kryptonite is supposed to sap Superman's powers whenever he is exposed to its large green crystals.

The real mineral is white and harmless, says Dr Chris Stanley, a mineralogist at London's Natural History Museum.

"I'm afraid it's not green and it doesn't glow either - although it will react to ultraviolet light by fluorescing a pinkish-orange," he told BBC News.

Rock heist

Researchers from mining group Rio Tinto discovered the unusual mineral and enlisted the help of Dr Stanley when they could not match it with anything known previously to science.

Once the London expert had unravelled the mineral's chemical make-up, he was shocked to discover this formula was already referenced in literature - albeit fictional literature.

"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 Luther from a museum in the film Superman Returns.

"The new mineral does not contain fluorine (which it does in the film) and is white rather than green but, in all other respects, the chemistry matches that for the rock containing kryptonite."

The mineral is relatively hard but is very small grained. Each individual crystal is less than five microns (millionths of a metre) across.

Elementary clash

Identifying its atomic structure required sophisticated analytical facilities at Canada's National Research Council and the assistance and expertise of its researchers, Dr Pamela Whitfield and Dr Yvon Le Page.

"'Knowing a material's crystal structure means scientists can calculate other physical properties of the material, such as its elasticity or thermochemical properties," explained Dr Le Page.

"Being able to analyse all the properties of a mineral, both chemical and physical, brings us closer to confirming that it is indeed unique."

Finding out that the chemical composition of a material was an exact match to an invented formula for the fictitious kryptonite "was the coincidence of a lifetime," he added.

The mineral cannot be called kryptonite under international nomenclature rules because it has nothing to do with krypton - a real element in the Periodic Table that takes the form of a gas.

Power possibilities

Instead, it will be formally named Jadarite when it is described in the European Journal of Mineralogy later this year.

Jadar is the name of the place where the Serbian mine is located.

Dr Stanley said that if deposits occurred in sufficient quantity it could have some commercial value.

It contains boron and lithium and two valuable elements with many applications, he explained.

"Borosilicate glasses are used to encapsulate processed radioactive waste, and lithium is used in batteries and in the pharmaceutical industries."
Sneaky.Russian
Random Hero
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The real Superman is dead (he died of cancer or something last year), no need for it.
Ayumiz
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Supermannnnnnn
=OBS= EstebanRey
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Wouldn't it be ironic if they discovered it was the cure to all know human diseases.
tehz
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a "cure" wouldn't surprise me i know alot of ooooooooold serbs. that region of the world is abundant in minerals.
Flecco
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tehz wrote:

a "cure" wouldn't surprise me i know alot of ooooooooold serbs. that region of the world is abundant in minerals.
Not for long, mining companies are moving in...
Whoa... Can't believe these forums are still kicking.
Jasp
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Sneaky.Russian wrote:

The real Superman is dead (he died of cancer or something last year), no need for it.
Do a bit of research on that buddy..
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Skorpy-chan
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Is it a carcinogen, though?
Roger Lesboules
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Yeah but im wondering...Ok so its new...and they called that Kryptonite for fun?
Braddock
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How the fuck is it Krytponite? Did they test it on Kryptonians or something?
David.P
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Braddock wrote:

How the fuck is it Krytponite? Did they test it on Kryptonians or something?
It contains the same elements like the kryptonite that luthor stole in superman returns
aLeX
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David.Podedworny wrote:

Braddock wrote:

How the fuck is it Krytponite? Did they test it on Kryptonians or something?
It contains the same elements like the kryptonite that luthor stole in superman returns
But surely they made that up..?
Mr.Dooomed
Find your center.
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They wanted to build a story around it, so the bbc paid off the gemologist or whatever to name it kryptonite. I bet I'm probably right.
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The Stillhouse Kid
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That, or there's a new Super-duper Deluxe Special Limited Enhanced Director's Cut DVD box set, and this is part of the promotion.
Hurricane
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It's actually Tiberium D=
Havok
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Hurricane wrote:

It's actually Tiberium D=
lolz If only it were true.
David.P
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Hurricane wrote:

It's actually Tiberium D=
NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! We dont want another Tiberium war!
XanKrieger
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=OBS= EstebanRey wrote:

Wouldn't it be ironic if they discovered it was the cure to all know human diseases.
roflmao i got a good laugh outta that +1
BolvisOculus
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=OBS= EstebanRey wrote:

Wouldn't it be ironic if they discovered it was the cure to all know human diseases.
It'd be more ironic if it was the cure to paralysis.
Ryan
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+1,230|6017|Alberta, Canada

Oh no, they found Kryptonite?
I better get outta here... it's my worst enemy.
l41e
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The article wrote:

Instead, it will be formally named Jadarite when it is described in the European Journal of Mineralogy later this year.
BolvisOculus
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k30dxedle said the article wrote:

Instead, it will be formally named Jadarite when it is described in the European Journal of Mineralogy later this year.
Laughing. Out. Loud.
RicardoBlanco
The English
+177|5742|Oxford
It wasn't even the same. The stuff they found didn't have Flourine in it, one of the 'ingredients' from Superman Returns.

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