EarthWide? Search for Analogs to the CoreFlakes found in RedGiant GraphiteOnion StarSmoke

thanks to the Galactic ChimneySweepWork of Primitive Meteorites like the 1967 Big Ones: Murchison (Australia) & Allende (Mexico).

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Center for NanoScience MIST Lab (formerly CME Electrons & Tips)

The study of extraterrestrial dust, both interplanetary dust from the cloud around our sun, and pre-solar dust extracted from meteorites, has from time to time called for a careful look at dust on earth. The recent discovery of novel carbon structures, in the core of carbon blacks (graphite onions) formed in the outer atmosphere of asymptotic giant branch stars, mandates a planetwide look at: (i) carbon-based soots, and at (ii) polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon solids. We are interested in those found in nature, as well as in those made by man.

The search has two components, literature and lab, one byproduct of which will be a "rogue's gallery" of carbon-based soot particles and PAH-related solids. Of course, fine-grained carbon "soots" are perhaps more often allies than rogues as far as humans are concerned. For example, they are likely used to make india ink black, to purify water as activated charcoal, to help in the blast furnace manufacture of steel in the form of steel-industry "coke", to support metal-catalysts in the manufacture of many helpful compounds, to fuel barbecues, as an occasion for the employment of chimney sweeps, to change the flavor of foods cooked just to the point of blackening, and as byproducts from carbon arcs including newly discovered buckminsterfullerines & carbon nano-tubes.

We will try to post the developing results of this search here. For the moment, we are interested in literature references in the above areas, and suggestion of specimens to look at by high resolution microscopy. You can contact us at with these things. Of course, do not send specimens without prior arrangement.

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