Sure Hope Lex Luthor Doesn’t Read This
According to BBC News, a new mineral matching the configuration of Kryptonite has been discovered in Serbia.
The crystals aren’t green – it’s white and, according to London mineralogist Chris Stanley, it is harmless. Kal-El could not be reached for comment. Hmmmm.
Mining researchers discovered the unusual mineral and could not match it with anything known previously to science. When Dr. Stanley unravelled the mineral’s chemical make-up, he discovered the unique formula was already referenced in literary fiction. I guess there are fanboys everywhere.
"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 Luthor from a museum in the film Superman Returns," Stanley told the BBC.
"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."
Since there’s already an element named krypton – a gas – they’re planning on calling this stuff jadarite, after the place where the Serbian mine is located.
Being white, there’s no word yet on its effect on imperfectly produced artificial life forms. Me am not worried.
Thanks and a tip of the hat to Rick Oliver, who am not worried neither.