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Quasicrystal is extraterrestrial in origin

A rare and exotic mineral, so unusual that it was thought impossible to exist, came to Earth on a meteorite, according to an international team of researchers led by Princeton University scientists. The discovery ...

dateJan 13, 2012 in Space Exploration
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The 500 phases of matter: Entering a new phase

(Phys.org)—Forget solid, liquid, and gas: there are in fact more than 500 phases of matter. In a major paper in today's issue of Science, Perimeter Faculty member Xiao-Gang Wen reveals a modern reclassification of all ...

dateDec 21, 2012 in Condensed Matter
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The enduring mystery of snowflakes

Who hasn't caught a snowflake in a mitten and marveled at its starlike detail, and then recalled that no two snowflakes are alike? But these crystals of ice are even more different than one might imagine - ...

dateDec 28, 2011 in General Physics
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Cat litter to become an edible product?

Sepiolite is a lightweight porous mineral used in cat litter and other applications. The extraordinary properties of this clay make it a highly sought after mineral, despite its scarcity in the Earth's crust: ...

dateJul 12, 2011 in Condensed Matter
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Earth's core reveals an inner weakness

(Phys.org) —The word "core" conjures up an image of something strong. However, new experiments show that the iron found in the Earth's core is relatively weak. This finding is based on x-ray spectroscopy ...

dateJan 27, 2014 in Earth Sciences
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