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(Wired)   Scientists: Well, we don't know what it is exactly, or what it might be good for, or even how we created it, but here you go--enjoy your two-dimensional, self-assembling organic quasicrystals   (wired.com ) divider line
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2014-03-06 09:06:47 AM  
One ice-9 scenario.  And I thought we would all get taken out by a supervirus...
 
2014-03-06 09:50:30 AM  
Has it started calling us ugly bags of mostly water yet?
 
2014-03-06 09:54:41 AM  
Perhaps it's a solid version of War.
Huh - what is it good for?
 
2014-03-06 10:08:46 AM  
It is NOT two dimensional, it is just flat. I got excited for nothing.
 
2014-03-06 10:45:25 AM  

UberDave: One ice-9 scenario.  And I thought we would all get taken out by a supervirus...


Oh good, I always wanted to die in the way least expected.
 
2014-03-06 11:03:22 AM  
If they don't know how it happened....God did it.

/that's how it works right?
 
2014-03-06 02:07:35 PM  

madgonad: It is NOT two dimensional, it is just flat. I got excited for nothing.




"In 2012, Princeton University physicist Paul Steinhardt showed that quasicrystals found in eastern Russia had fallen to Earth in a meteorite."

i.imgur.com
 
2014-03-06 02:17:45 PM  

madgonad: It is NOT two dimensional, it is just flat. I got excited for nothing.


The ordering is two-dimensional.  C'mon, even if your mettalurgical education stopped in high school chemistry you shoulda known what they meant there.

As for what quasi-crystalline structures are good for: low-cost patterning, conductive substances (especially films) with low chemical diffusivity, and higher-diffusivity filters designed to avoid the formation of blocking deposit layers.  There you go, subby, merry christmas.
 
2014-03-06 04:15:11 PM  
And so it begins.

/obligatory
 
2014-03-07 02:45:14 AM  
Are they crunchy?
 
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