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New gold created by Swiss scientists is almost as light as air

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New gold created by Swiss scientists is almost as light as air

Scientists at ETH Zurich have developed a new form of gold that promises to revolutionize the way jewelry and watches are made. The new gold weights a thousand times less than conventional gold, however it is almost impossible to even tell the difference between the two with the naked eye – however, the new form of the substance is light enough to stay afloat on top of milk foam.

 [Image source: Gustav Nyström and Raffaele Mezzenga  / ETH Zurich]

The team of scientists led by Raffaele Mezzenga managed to create a 20-carat gold nugget that is consisted mainly of pores and under atmospheric pressure, does not conduct electricity.

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