Earlier this year, the first naturally occurring quasicrystal was described. Icosahedrite Al63Cu24Fe13 is a new mineral found in southeastern Chukhotka, Russia. It is named “for the icosahedral symmetry of its internal atomic structure, as observed in its diffraction pattern” .
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