August 31, 2013
Gold harvesting from bacteria: Way better than Bitcoin mining
Historically, Magnum Opus, or The Great Work, was an alchemical process that incorporated a personal, spiritual, and chemical method for creating the Philosopher's Stone, a mysterious red-colored substance that was capable of transmuting base matter into the noble metal of gold.
Discovering the principals of the Philosopher's Stone was one of the defining and at the same time seemingly unobtainable objectives of Western alchemy.
The Great Work of the Metal Lover is an artwork that sits at the intersection of art, science, and alchemy, re-examining the problem of transmutation through the use of modern microbiological practice and thus solving the ancient riddle.
Gold production is accomplished by the pairing of a highly specialized metallotolerant extremophilic bacterium and an engineered atmosphere contained within a customized alchemical bioreactor.
The extreme minimal ecosystem within the bioreactor forces the bacteria to metabolize high concentrations of toxic AuCl3 (gold chloride), turning soluble gold into usable 24K gold, pictured above.
•••••••••••••••••••••••All photos and text from Adam Brown; more here.
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You put gold in, and you get gold out?
Well, it's certainly true to alchemy as it was usually practised, any gold that came out at the end of the process was introduced by the alchemist.
When this guy can hang an array in the ocean, and regularly lift it to harvest gold from the sea, then I'll be impressed. And the 'value' of gold and gold-backed currency will tumble. (Assuming that the process doesn't cost far more than it produces).
Posted by: soubriquet | Aug 31, 2013 12:12:38 PM
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