Scientists unearth Superman's "kryptonite"

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  1. Mike-El Jedi Knight

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    Scientists unearth Superman's "kryptonite" Tue Apr 24, 7:55 AM ET



    Kryptonite, which robbed Superman of his powers, is no longer the stuff of comic books and films.

    A mineral found by geologists in Serbia shares virtually the same chemical composition as the fictional kryptonite from outer space, used by the superhero's nemesis Lex Luther to weaken him in the film "Superman Returns".

    "We will have to be careful with it -- we wouldn't want to deprive Earth of its most famous superhero!," said Dr Chris Stanley, a mineralogist at the Natural History Museum.

    Stanley, who revealed the identity of the mysterious new mineral, discovered the match after searching the Internet for its chemical formula - sodium lithium boron silicate hydroxide.

    "I 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," he said.

    The substance has been confirmed as a new mineral after tests by scientists at the Natural History Museum and the National Research Council in Canada.

    But instead of the large green crystals in Superman comics, the real thing is a white, powdery substance which contains no fluorine and is non-radioactive.

    The mineral, to be named Jadarite, will go on show at the the Natural History Museum at certain times of the day on Wednesday, April 25, and Sunday, May 13
  2. Ulkesh2 Jedi Master

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    Yeah, but can we use it as a substitute for crack cocaine?
    [face_thinking]
  3. HoosierTrooper Jedi Grand Master

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    I was really excited until the part where it wasn't green. :_| :_|

    I thought superman was real....
  4. WedgesOtherNephew Jedi Master

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    Nothing a little "neon metallic glow in the dark" spray paint won't fix.

    During the theater run for the 1978 movie they were selling Kryptonite rocks that were just that...

    Cool story.
  5. GeekGoddess Jedi Master

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    So they find they stuff, and are going to name it jadarite instead?!?! *shakes head* Was there some kind of copyright infringement or something?!?
  6. Stackpole_The_Hobbit Force Ghost

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    Seeing as global climate change, cancer, and the oil crisis have all been solved ... :p

    (granted a lot of that is not that field, but STILL! :p)
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