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The Secret Life of Gold

Chemistry educators and anyone curious to learn about gold may want to check out this article written by Grant Currin for the October 2019 issue of ChemMatters (see the 8-21-2015 Scout Report), an educational magazine published by the American Chemical Society. This informative and approachable article tells the story of how gold came into existence, an origin story that researchers have only recently begun to understand. In addition to the article, readers should take a look at the sidebar, where they will find a word puzzle about gold's diverse uses, an explanation of 24-karat gold and other gold alloys, a link to a related article exploring the idea of space mining, and more. High school chemistry teachers interested in assigning this article to their classes may appreciate its accompanying 11-page downloadable teacher's guide, which includes a pre-reading quiz, reading comprehension questions, the solution to the word puzzle, and suggestions for teaching strategies, among other tools. The article can be viewed online in full and also downloaded as a PDF that includes some of the sidebar content, and a Spanish translation is also available to download.
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October 25th, 2019
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October 14th, 2019 at 3:21pm
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October 24th, 2019 at 12:19pm
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