gold stories

Gold is more than a metal. It's a symbol, the physical incarnation of value and wealth and luxury, and this has been the case for thousands of years. This is partly because gold can be readily found and is easy to work, but also because of the appeal of the color and shine. So what's going to happen now that gold can be made into any color? Anarchy, that's what.
Through the wonders of microbial alchemy, researchers have discovered a bacterium that can create solid 24-karat gold. The bacteria Cupriavidus metallidurans, has shown it can withstand the incredible toxicity of gold chloride, a chemical compound found in nature that's also known as liquid gold. Not only can the bacteria withstand it, they can make it precious.
Let's face it: most data isn't all that valuable. Some of your vacation photos, some work files and a handful of MP3s may have some personal value, but they're pretty much worthless in the marketplace. Not so when they're stored on a thumb drive made of gold!