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Stuff: There’s gold, pure gold, in this wool

Peter Griffin posted in on January 19th, 2011.

Kiran Chug writes about the work of Victoria University chemists who have developed a means of bonding gold nanoparticles to merino wool. The size and shape of the nanoparticles determines the wool’s colour, and the textile will be marketed as a luxury brand. An excerpt: (read in full here) “Only tiny nanoparticles of gold are […]

Sustainable mining? – scientists weigh in

Dacia Herbulock posted in on April 30th, 2010.

ONLINE BRIEFING: Monday 3 May, 11 AM NZT Hidden beneath our stunning landscapes — and formed by the same relentless geological forces — mineral resources like gold, coal, ironsands and other industrial and precious metals lie undisturbed. Can they be extracted with minimal damage to their surroundings, as some claim? What do improvements in mine […]

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