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Grain of steinhardtite (Al0.38Ni0.32Fe0.30)
a new polymorph of aluminum with alpha-iron structure, 
on carbon fiber mounted on a glass rod
New Mineral accepted by the International Mineralogical Association
Official Notification July 1, 2014
L.Bindi, N. Yao, C. Lin, L.S. Hollister, G.R. Poirier, C.L. Andronicos, G.J. MacPherson, V.V. Distler, 
M.P. Eddy, A. Kostin, V. Kryachko, W.M. Steinhardt, M.Yudovskaya

Steinhardtite, a new body-centered-cubic allotropic form of aluminum from the Khatyrka CV3 carbonaceous chondrite American Mineralogist (Letter), vol. 99, 2433 (2014) L.Bindi, N. Yao, C. Lin, L.S. Hollister, G.R. Poirier, C.L. Andronicos, G.J. MacPherson, V.V. Distler,
M.P. Eddy, A. Kostin, V. Kryachko, W.M. Steinhardt, M.Yudovskaya

For more background, see website section on Quasicrystals and Natural Quasicrystals

An Homage to TinTin (Shooting Star), by Luca Bindi

 

An Homage to Another Source, by Lincoln Hollister