Here is some essentially arcane, minor news that nonetheless received considerable attention from reporters. The news is that analysis of fragments of the Allende Meteor, whose pieces scattered across Mexico in 1969, revealed a mineral not in the catalogs. One reason is catches the eye is its common name, Panguite, and the press release from Caltech explaining that it derives from Pan Gu, a Chinese mythological giant who, the tale goes, swung an ax and smote yin from yang to make sky. Ancient mythologies - doesn't matter whether Chinese, Biblical, Greek, Kwakiutl, Hawaiian, Eyptian, Roman, Norse, Maya, whatever - add depth and spice to stories that few mere metaphors can match.
Another is that discovery of an alien mineral that fell to Earth has a sort of poetry to it.
Not so exciting is the mineral's compositional shorthand: Ti4+(Sc,Al,Mg,Zr,Ca)1.8O3.
- Toronto Star- Debra Black: Mineral may shed light on solar system origin ; One would like to know more about this writer. Although the writing is uneven in places this is the most fully formed account of the bunch. It captures the excitement the paper's lead author feels as well as bits of his back story. Unless I missed a second press release or something, it looks clear she dug for extra info.
- LiveScience - Jeanna Bryner: Panguite: ancient mineral newly discovered ; Good for Bryner - she not only has quotes from the lead author but tells readers (and makes life easier for trackers) by saying which is from a statement, which she heard with her own ears.
- Wired - Adam Mann: Meteorite Hunter Discovers New Mineral : A shorty
- Orange County Register - Pat Brennan: Caltech: New mineral discovered in meteorite ;
- Universe Today - Nancy Atkinson: New Mineral Found in Meteorite is From Solar System's Beginnings ;
- Charlie Petit