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Nanogold: From Ruby-red Glass to Possible Cancer Treatment

4 Aug 2023

Though aesthetically pleasing, gold is scientifically quite boring. It is chemically inert, meaning it doesn’t easily react with other chemicals and remains shiny for long periods which is why it...

An End to “Gilder’s Palsy”

24 Feb 2023

Physicians today are unlikely to encounter “Gilder’s palsy.” But prior to the 19th century this ailment had to be considered when a patient presented with tremors, irritability, increased...

Is it true that Archimedes formulated his famous principle based on an observation he made as he immersed himself in a bath?

4 Mar 2022

Archimedes’ principle states that any object, totally or partially immersed in a fluid, is buoyed up by a force equal to the weight of the fluid displaced by the object. But. it was not the...

Cobbling Together the Legend of Nicolas Flamel

13 Aug 2021

Once upon a time, about four hundred years ago, there lived a cobbler in Bologna by the name of Vincenzo Cascariolo.  But this cobbler was interested in more than just making shoes last longer, he...

Did you know: Goldfinger’s first name was “Auric” based on the Latin “aurum” for gold.

28 May 2021

“Au” is also the chemical symbol for the element. “Aurora” was the Roman goddess of the dawn and her name became associated with gold because of the colour of the sky at dawn. Ian Fleming named his...

Can someone really suffocate from being covered with gold paint like Jill Masterson in Goldfinger?

28 May 2021

No. We do not breathe through our skin. James Bond seemingly was unaware of this fact given that after discovering the golden corpse he tells M: “She died of skin suffocation, it’s been known to...

A Tarnished Gold Rush

20 Mar 2017

It’s hard for us here in North America to believe that gold is killing hundreds of children in Nigeria. Well, it isn’t exactly the gold that is killing them, it is the lead oxide and lead carbonate...


20 Mar 2017

Mention the word arsenic and our thoughts immediately turn to poison. But there other interesting connections as well. Arsenic rarely is found in nature in its elemental state, it is found as part...

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