Wanna know which places have been hit by meteorites the most? This heat map will tell you where not to live.
It sounds like the greatest pulp science fiction tale ever, but it's real, and the story behind it is filled with twists and turns. Researchers have recently released information on a carved Buddha brought to Germany from Tibet by the Nazis. Astoundingly, the statue is made from a meteorite believed to have fallen some 10,000 years ago along the Siberia-Mongolian border.
Okay ladies. Your husband might be handy around the house, but he will never be as cool as this guy. He made is own wedding ring in four days from a chunk of Gibeon meteorite.
The Smithsonian collects a lot of things — from Fonzie's jacket to ancient Chinese pottery. It turns out it also collects and studies meteorites in a sanitized facility outside of Washington, DC. The team there preserves an ultra-clean environment to prevent contamination while analyzing space rocks harvested from Antarctica.
Quasicrystals are a weird type of asymmetrical crystalline mineral that was only discovered a few decades ago, and it's only ever been produced in a laboratory under very carefully controlled conditions. At least, that's what we thought, until outer space chucked a meteor full of the stuff right at us.