Experiment: Can You Mine Gold From Old Motherboards?

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What would be really cool, even better, is if they dropped that BB into some water and it turned into a motherboard, like those super dried up sponge dinosaurs that grow 10X in a bowl of water?
 

eddieroolz

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Good article Tom's France! It was a really enjoyable read.

Kinda sad how that huge pile of pins resulted in only a tiny gold BB. But it is in miniscule amounts, after all :p
 
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nice job, very nice article, a nice addition of old fun to the overly commercialized tomshardware.

And as anotherone said, give it to a geek girl and break her heart (but not earings, just something a little bit more crude -hammer it if you like lol)
 

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[citation][nom]hillarymakesmecry[/nom]That gold BB is worth waaaaaaaaaaaaaay more than $2-3.IF it's 24k then it'd probably worth a good bit more. It's 5grams of gold![/citation]

What ?!?
It's only +/- 0.1g :D
 
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I wonder if the chemicals cost more than the three dollar gold BB.
 
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What they forget is that nowadays Some Ic's Circuits are made with micro diamonds
 

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LMAO! This is the most hilarious thing I've read and it brings back memories of hours spent in the chemistry lab in college. The materials needed to produce this gold costs more than the gold itself.
 

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This article struck a cord with me...

Back in college, I was a chemistry major and looking for a job. My chemistry teacher caught wind of a local company doing exactly what you describe here only on an industrial level. Sadly, that company was not using safety measures at all and was using cyanide solutions as part of their process. I witnessed open buckets of solution bubbling from heat with cyanide vapors coming off them! Needless to say I high-tailed it out of there and never looked back.
 

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Heh, really cool article. It remind me of Gen. Chem lab. I hated chem so much. I'm sure I would've liked it a whole lot more if we did experiments like this one.
 
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