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Alchemists have been struggling to create the legendary philosopher's stone capable of, among other things, turning metals into precious ones, and specifically – into gold. Modern day Chinese scientists seem to have come close to performing such a transformation.
A group of Chinese scientists from the Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics has published research in the journal Science Advances, which describes how to manage it regularly. a material "almost identical" to gold and silver. The metal, which the scientists obtained as a result of their experiment was served as a catalyst for a reaction producing alcohol from coal ̵
The research paper points out that the new material based on cheap copper
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At the same time, the material will be of little use for counterfeiters, since its density remains the same as copper, thus making the material lighter than gold and a bad choice to make fake gold bars or coins.