Summary #986

New gold created - lighter, better, and customizable

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  • Using an intriguing new process, scientists can now create real gold with different material properties.
  • They do this by embedding gold nanocrystals in a mesh of protein fibers and plastic, resulting in 18-karat gold that weighs around 5 to 10 times less than standard gold.
  • It can be worked just like real gold, and used in jewellery as well as industrial applications.
  • The material can also be customized to have different characteristics by changing the composition, and replacing the type of plastic used as the base.

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