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Making Gold.

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Making Gold.

I Wonder if it will ever be possible to make gold ? Clearly it is well beyond our technology at present to do so but we do know the conditions that occur to make various metals when planets are formed.
Anyone with a background in physics got an opinion about this ?
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lexusuk
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Re: Making Gold.

I believe it's technically possible but it's a lot cheaper to just buy Gold in the first place.  Smiley
randpwar
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Re: Making Gold.

Gold or [url=
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Re: Making Gold.

Well yeah it must be possible, stars for instance create gold over the billions of years they burn. I watched a program about this a while back by Stephen Hawking who said that gold found on earth is from stars that burned out billions of years ago before the earth was formed and then exploded.
Stil.. that doesn't help us does it but sure, it must be technically possible to do it.
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Re: Making Gold.

But then it'd lose its value...

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Re: Making Gold.

Lol thats already started.. was in the news yesterday that its value was starting to drop.
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HighLordPhanty
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Re: Making Gold.

All of the gold in the universe is formed in a split second in supernovae.
Other elements can be transmuted into gold but the easiest are platinum and a rare isotope of mercury.
Otherwise, you chip bits off something with a higher atomic number.
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Re: Making Gold.

Don't need to make it, just need to be able to extract it from the sea.  There's a tiny amount naturally occuring in seawater an there just happens to be quite alot of seawater on our planet, just need to find a suitable way of 'straining' the gold out.
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Re: Making Gold.

The secret of making gold from lead is aaarghh...
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