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Prospecting for Quasicrystals

Siberian journey nets a mineralogical space oddity

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10:24am, October 19, 2012

The rock came in a box labeled “khatyrkite.” It didn’t look like much, just a chunk less than a centimeter long with a whitish rind and studded with several dark metals. But when Paul Steinhardt got a good look inside, he saw something he’d been waiting years to see.

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