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You might have heard about the Alchemists and their job. If not, Alchemy is the process of changing the nature of things. Like transforming base metals (metals that corrode easily) into metals of higher value like Gold. In ancient times, common men found this activity of Alchemists magical because of the lack of awareness. If you suddenly see a man teleporting from place to place, then you will find that magical as teleportation is something that is still a theoretical idea and something impractical in the books of present science. It is said that modern chemistry is a successor of ancient Alchemy.
But, is it really possible to transform mercury into gold? Theoretically, yes. According to an article at herebeanswers.com, the atomic number of Mercury is 80 and that of Gold is 79. Mercury has one extra proton in it’s nucleus and an electron in the corresponding outer orbit. So, kicking one proton out of Mercury’s atomic structure will lead to a successful conversion of Mercury into Gold. But, again, it is a theoretical concept. A tremendous amount of energy is required to make this happen and the attempts has been unsuccessful in commercial state.
As of now, all is known that Mercury is used to quicken the extraction of gold from rocks. If you think about the whole idea, it would be hard to believe that it’s ‘still’ impractical to implement this theoretical concept. Scientists have already built a working model of a ‘close to’ or ‘may be an exact replica’ of a flying saucer (so called as a ‘ UFO’) a long time ago. If you don’t believe it, do a research on it. You will be astonished to grasp the fact. So, wouldn’t it be possible for the scientists to extract gold from mercury in the present era of nuclear development? The answer may be yes or no. If it’s a yes, then no wonder the ‘how to’ is still a secret.
What do you think? Is the fact being hidden to common man that gold is being manufactured or do you think that there are enough gold mines to serve the consistent growth in demand for gold?