Until recently, crystals with ‘forbidden symmetry’ were thought impossible to naturally occur. Yet, a 4.57 billion-year-old meteorite was found in the far northeastern region of Chukotka, Russia exhibiting crystals with naturally occurring ‘forbidden symmetry‘ for the first time. Dr. Paul Steinhardt from Princeton University led a research team to characterize the nature and occurrence of this enigmatic quasicrystal.
The unorthodox arrangement of atoms, coined forbidden symmetry, had previously been replicated in laboratory experiments and was thought to be too energetically unstable to occur in the natural environment. READ MORE AT SOURCE