Platinum is one of the rarest and most useful metals on the planet. A new video from Cody’s Lab explains why a significant amount of this precious element exists in the dirt and dust by the roadside—and how it can be extracted.
We know that in a Mad Max type of dystopia, people will need “guzzoline,” water, and a way to avoid poisons. The good news? Platinum can, and currently does, provide all three of those. Here’s why people will be killing each other for jewelry after the collapse of civilization.
Many of us dream of living on other planets, but are two things we'll need before it can actually happen: money and raw materials. Now some companies say they have a solution to this problem. They'll mine asteroids for valuable metal ores, and for basic resources like water that we'll need once we're far from Earth.
No, this portrait isn't made up of thousands upon thousands of magnetic sculpture beads. The metallic wonder's lifelike contours and shimmer comes from painstakingly hand-placing 13,000 variably sized platinum beads.
Though hard disk drive technology has improved in recent times, you'd be a brave soul indeed to use one for more than a couple of years without backing it up. But now a team of scientists has made a hard disk from sapphire which it claims will last 1 million years—just don't expect to be able to afford it.
This may sound strange, but there's simply too much gold. That is, there shouldn't be gold here at the Earth's crust - it all should have been sucked deep into the core long ago. For that, we can thank asteroids.
The platinum group metals are crucial to electronics, massively expensive, and extremely rare on this planet. But on asteroids? A single one holds billions of pounds of these metals - and that could start the era of private space exploration.
The iPhone just went platinum, literally. From the precious metal enthusiasts at Goldstriker International, you can now buy a platinum-coated iPhone for about $2,230. And while most of us aren't interested in purchasing or carrying around a platinum iPhone (that will probably scratch to hell, btw), it's still the best…
If we could ever summon up the strength to go exercise (which would then give us more strength), we'd want to do so on one of these Platinum Club Series Treadmills with a USB port for your iPod. Just hook up your iPod via the standard iPod cable, and you can scroll through playlists, watch videos, or just provide…
Victorinox, makers of those handy little MultiTools, have unveiled a couple of limited edition Swiss Army Knives, one gold, one platinum, both studded with diamonds. Just 120 of each model have been made, and you won't believe the price.
With the Xbox 360 Elite making a lot of hubbub lately, Geeks.com decided to clear out their older, platinum Xbox 360s by offering them for $100 off. You get all of the regular goods including the 20GB hard drive, wireless controller, headset and component/Ethernet/power cables. Just enter the coupon GEEKBOX2 in the…
Mounting cardboard boxes on our arms, legs, and head and running pretending we were Gundam is much easier these days since we get so many packages in the mail (FedEx/UPS Gundam ftw). But a Gundam made of platinum is pretty outrageous even for Japan.