Gold: The Metal of All Trades

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Gold: The Metal of All Trades

Gold has been known for centuries as a symbol of wealth and power. Today, it still holds it status as a royal metal, but it’s also being utilized for modern marvels of science. It has a fascinating history, and an exciting future as much more than the go-to metal for jewelry. Below are some interesting ways gold is used that you might not have known about.

Gold in Electronics

Gold is highly conductive, which means electricity can flow through it with little resistance. That’s why it’s a popular metal for use inside smart phones, computers, tablets and more.

Gold is what powers many connections that happen in your iPhone every day. Even if yours isn’t made of gold like this one, a typical iPhone still contains an estimated 0.34g of gold, according to the U.S. Gold Bureau.

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Gold in Healthcare

Gold has been used in medical innovations ranging from treatment to diagnostic kits for conditions like from pregnancy and influenza, according to Business Insider. It’s even used in at-home thermometers for quick and reliable results.

In dentistry and orthodontics, gold has been used for teeth repair for thousands of years due to its toughness. While porcelain is typically used for crowns on teeth that are visible, gold and gold alloys can still be used on teeth that aren’t directly visible.

Gold in Space Travel

As you now know, gold is a dependable electricity conductor and reusable, reliable metal. And when you’re taking on an expensive, high-stakes project such as space travel, you want the very best elements on the periodic table on your side. That’s why gold is commonly used as a film to coat many parts of space vehicles, including satellites. According to Geology.com, “[the gold] film reflects infrared radiation and helps stabilize the temperature of the spacecraft,” to help avoid over-heating.

A military satellite is an artificial satellite used for a military purpose, often for gathering intelligence, as a communications satellite for military purposes, or as a military weapon.

While incredibly versatile and vital for a variety of industries, we still only have a limited amount of gold on this planet. It’s one small part of why we do what we do at Echo Environmental: to ensure that this metal of all trades is available for current and future innovations.