‘Forbidden’ science-defying crystal found at first-ever nuclear bomb site

A science-defying crystal has been discovered by geologists in New Mexico that so far has only ever been found on meteorites in space.

The incredible find is the result of the very first detonation of a nuclear device by the United States Army and formed part of the secretive Manhattan Project.

At 5.29am on July 16, 1945, code-named Trinity, the terrifying weapon was detonated in the deserts of New Mexico around 210 miles south of Los Alamos.

Such was the force of the bomb, named Gadget, that glassy green residue was left on the desert floor, fused and melted together with sand and metal.

The substance became known as Trinitite.

76 years on from the nuclear test, Italian and Americans have discovered that more than Trinitite was created at that moment.

Also, unknowingly, forged together that day was the first red quasicrystal ever synthesised by humans, reports Inverse.

The research that led to the find was published on Monday in the ' Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences ' which stated that the quasicrystal is similar to those found in the "Khatyrka meteorite".

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One of the paper's authors Luca Bindi, told Inverse: "The idea behind it was: if these materials can really form in the collision of extraterrestrial objects in outer space, then it is conceivable that they formed also in an atomic blast. And they were there.”

According to Bindi, the Quasicrystals have a structure that is "strictly forbidden" within the laws of crystallography.

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"According to these laws, arrangements are either completely random, as in the case of window glass, or crystalline, as is the case for sugar or table salt,” says Bindi.

“In the case of crystalline materials, the atoms are organised in a symmetrical lattice like the square tiles in a simple bathroom tiling.

“Quasicrystals are solids with these rotational symmetries that are forbidden for crystals."

It is understood that the newly discovered Quasicrystals could create ultra-modern lasers and even discover a revolutionary type of Teflon.

Bindi also believes that one day the Quasicrystals could deepen scientists understanding of "illicit nuclear explosions" and "curb nuclear proliferation."

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