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#1    AsteroidX


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Posted 02 February 2013 - 01:47 AM

Aye ? Whats this ?


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Posted 02 February 2013 - 01:53 AM

Every time I see these stories, I wonder in deep amazement... I wonder.. why does it make me think of those expanding polymer balls used in floral arrangements and easily bought online?

I have no idea why I wonder this though.

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Posted 02 February 2013 - 02:20 AM

The station reportedly received “tons of calls” after airing their story about the spheres from viewers suggesting the tiny balls are simply water absorbing jelly balls that are widely available, and used for various purposes. These jelly balls (referred to by a variety of names including deco balls, water pearls, and polymer pearls, just to name a few) are made of super-absorbent polymers, and are routinely used by floral shops to keep plants hydrated. They are also used in diapers to prevent leaks, and even sold as children’s toys (like Orbeez).
A similar pile of blue spheres was discovered in January 2012 in England. In that case, researchers initially speculated that the small blue balls could be marine invertebrate eggs. But the spheres were later identified as sodium polyacrylate, which, as the Daily Mail explained, “is used in gardening or agriculture to improve soil, as well as being used in nappies (diapers).” According to LiveScience, sodium polyacrylate can absorb hundreds of times its weight in water.

If the purple spheres in Arizona are simply super-absorbent jelly balls, why are there so many of them? Retailers sell these products in bags containing thousands of beads that, when exposed to water, become squishy jelly balls. And according to weather reports, it rained the day before the spheres were discovered. What exactly super-absorbent jelly balls are doing in the middle of nowhere is unknown.
And, although the purple spheres found in the Arizona desert strongly resemble super-absorbent jelly balls, a positive identity cannot be confirmed without further examination.

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Posted 02 February 2013 - 02:21 AM

This guy is coming to earth!

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Posted 02 February 2013 - 02:38 AM


Hydrogel beads for plants

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Posted 02 February 2013 - 03:51 AM

TUCSON (KGUN-9) - It was a normal Sunday in Vail for Geradine Vargas. Normal, until she and her husband stumbled upon something kind of weird.
"We were taking photos around the area and we just.... I mean, how could you miss this?" Geradine said. "It was just like glittering in the sun."


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Posted 02 February 2013 - 06:07 AM

I saw this on yahoo this morning and my first thought was it was those plastic sphere things as well.

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Posted 02 February 2013 - 12:42 PM

The Blob! Or bloblettes...

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Posted 02 February 2013 - 12:44 PM

Look!  A mysterious substance, quick, get a stick and poke it!

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Posted 02 February 2013 - 12:48 PM


But thousands of them? In the middle of the desert?

Edited by FlyingAngel, 02 February 2013 - 12:49 PM.

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Posted 02 February 2013 - 01:42 PM

have one tested???????

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Posted 02 February 2013 - 02:28 PM

reminds me of that sci fi film i saw in the fiftys,cant remember the name.

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Posted 02 February 2013 - 02:28 PM

C`mon , ancient astronaut . You know that will never happen

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Posted 02 February 2013 - 02:42 PM

ive remembered The body snatchers

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Posted 02 February 2013 - 02:50 PM

What a load of balls.

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