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(STLToday)   Pharmaceutical company "loses" $700,000 worth of gold dust. Now you know why your prescriptions cost so much   ( divider line 12
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7008 clicks; posted to Main » on 07 Dec 2012 at 10:29 AM (2 years ago)   |  Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»

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2012-12-07 10:32:36 AM  
3 votes:
Au no!
2012-12-07 11:10:43 AM  
1 votes:
I believe that some of it was found under the floor in a house in Sacramento.

A Sacramento homeowner is now $300,000 richer thanks to workers who unearthed a dozen jars of gold dust while installing heating and air conditioning under the floor.
2012-12-07 11:04:03 AM  
1 votes:
pharmaceutical companies are also in the business of developing and testing medical devices. It is not a stretch to imagine that some of the devices use gold, especially solid state electronic devices.

/something something Monster cables...
2012-12-07 11:00:38 AM  
1 votes:

DysphoricMania: "Gold dust is really fine and it can be blown into the wind,"

I call shenanigans....

Well it _can_ be. It's actually black and very fine. At very small size it doesn't reflect light so much. It's called 'findings' and any gold refining place will buy it. Another jeweler kept offering to buy my dad's findings. You can melt it back into something recognizable at 1500 degrees if I remember correctly.

A buddy of mine used to work for a pharmaceutical company rendering down the raw ingedients. Lot of drunkenness. "I really should be more carefull... this is going into someone's grandmother."
2012-12-07 10:59:00 AM  
1 votes:

StrangeQ: TFA says it would be suspicious if someone came in trying to sell a 50lb bag of gold dust, but could they just melt it down into bars beforehand? How would such a thing be traceable?

It's not that hard to melt the stuff down, you see a lot of home melts up here in Alaska. People out panning or sluicing in the creeks find flakes and dust all the time, and will often melt the stuff down and bring it to the local jewelers or gold shops. There is probably less of that down in the lower 48, but yeah, if he walked into a jewelry shop with some plain, homemade lumps of gold (probably would want to do that in one to two ounce pieces at a time, at lots of different stores), odds on most places would be happy to take it off his hands.
2012-12-07 10:58:55 AM  
1 votes:

Bondith: The only use I can think of for gold in pharmaceutical synthesis is gold nanoparticle catalysis. Gold dust is not nanoparticles, and if they think they're gonna make nanoparticles out of it, there are better ways of doing it.

I am also confused by this. Besides, isn't purchasing Gold(III) chloride hydrate acid easier than, well, trying to synth it yourself from gold and aqua regia?

/Though GODDAMN that stuff loves sucking water out of the air.

lennavan: Gold nanoparticles was my thought as well, though I have no idea how they are synthesized.

The simplest way to make gold nanoparticles (Well, gold nanospheres) is amazingly easy. There's a good bit of size variation, but basically:

Take Gold(III) chloride hydrate. Dilute into water to some ammount. Boil, and stir vigorously. While it's boiling and stirring, add dissolved Sodium Citrate (Citric Acid).

You now have gold nanoparticles, whose size varies based on the ratios of gold and citric acid. I swear to god it is the only thing I have ever done that LOOKS like the way they show SCIENCE! on TV. (The solution goes from an off yellow, to clear, to *BLACK*, then slowly fades to some shade of red/orange, depending on the size of the nanospheres).

/Not a chemist.
//Nanophysics grad student, so I do *do* chemistry/magic, though!
2012-12-07 10:44:54 AM  
1 votes:
wanted for questioning:
2012-12-07 10:42:47 AM  
1 votes:

Englebert Slaptyback: Pfizer did not want to comment on how it uses gold.

I seem to recall reading that some form of gold is used in injections to treat rheumatoid arthritis. (The injections go directly into the joints.)

And it's used in most of the nano-tech cancer research currently as part of the delivery system.
2012-12-07 10:40:29 AM  
1 votes:
Would probably be real hard to sell that gold dust....
2012-12-07 10:38:36 AM  
1 votes:
"Pfizer did not want to comment on how it uses gold"
2012-12-07 10:32:20 AM  
1 votes:

Wary of claimed value
2012-12-07 09:44:38 AM  
1 votes:
Stevie Nicks wanted for questioning.
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