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World's Largest Gold Crystal Found
Live Science ^
| 4/9/ 2014
| Marc Lallanilla
Posted on 04/17/2014 11:51:14 AM PDT by BuckeyeTexan
It's the size of a golf ball, but a lot more valuable: Scientists at Los Alamos National Laboratory's Lujan Neutron Scattering Center have verified that a heavy piece of gold, found years ago in Venezuela, is, in fact, a single crystal of the valuable element and it's worth an estimated $1.5 million.
The lump of gold, which weighs 217.78 grams (about 7.7 ounces), was brought to Los Alamos to confirm whether it was a single crystal of gold, or a more common multiple-crystal structure. "The structure or atomic arrangement of gold crystals of this size has never been studied before, and we have a unique opportunity to do so," Miami University geologist John Rakovan said in a statement.
(Excerpt) Read more at m.livescience.com ...
When my wife was in graduate school, she told me about a semi-funny incident in which another grad student had taken a very expensive single-crystal chunk of gold and, to make it fit in a sample holder, chucked it in a lathe and turned it down to size.
As soon as the chucks jaws bit into the golden crystal... it was no longer a crystal.
posted on 04/17/2014 11:55:46 AM PDT
by Steely Tom
(How do you feel about robbing Peter's robot?)
And Maduro wants it back!
posted on 04/17/2014 12:00:45 PM PDT
Nice gold plating on that thar' tungsten...
posted on 04/17/2014 12:10:22 PM PDT
(When people fear government there is tyranny; when government fears people there is liberty)
To: Steely Tom
grad students.... always thinking but not always clearly
posted on 04/17/2014 12:52:21 PM PDT
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