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Scientists Turned Copper into Gold: Can We Expect the Same for Bitcoin?

Originally published on: CoinSpeaker
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December 27, 2018

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From the beginning of the world, scientists have always surprised the wide audience, presenting new developments and inventions that had never been seen before. Though it may seem that today nothing new can be discovered, it is definitely a mistake to think so. And Chinese researchers have recently proved it.

New Gold

As it has become known, scientists from China have made a cutting-edge discovery and created a material which behavior under certain conditions is very similar to the behavior of gold. According to researchers, this new material’s characteristics are very close to those that are observed in precious metals: it can resist the impact of high temperature and is not vulnerable to erosion and oxidization.

With a view to create the pseudo-gold, Professor Sun Jian and his colleagues at the Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics, at the Chinese Academy of Sciences in Liaoning, made a copper target and shot it with a payload of hot, electrically-charged argon gas.

As a result, the ionized particles managed to dislodge atoms of copper from the target. Then they fell down to the surface of a collecting device where they cooled off and became a thin layer of microscopic sand.

This new material is not so expensive as gold which may lead to a serious decrease in the demand for gold in the manufacturing industry as it will be much more feasible to create it than to purchase gold. Such a discovery may significantly affect the precious metals industry and open new opportunities for Bitcoin.

Bitcoin to Become New Gold?

In the context of this new discovery and potential changes in the sphere of stock market assets, the following question has arisen once again: whether Bitcoin has chances to become a mainstream store of value?

And there are completely different points of view on this issue. While some enthusiasts believe that it may happen quite soon, experts insist that it won’t happen, at least in the nearest future.

For example, according to Lou Kerner, co-founder of CryptoOracle, despite all its misfortunes, Bitcoin has enough potential to become a fundamental store of value and replace gold in the long-term perspective.

Gold has been used for more than several thousand years but Bitcoin’s functionality is much more flexible. “So we expect that over time — not in a day, not in a week, not even in 5 years, — for some of the people using gold as a store of value to switch to Bitcoin,” explained Kerner.

Some crypto enthusiasts have even tried to analyze the difference between the changes in the both assets’ values. And it has been found out that the gold’s 43-year price history and BTC’s 9-year lifecycle have much in common which makes these two assets close to each other. Nevertheless, before making very optimistic forecasts about Bitcoin’s chances to replace gold, it will be sensible not to forget about its high volatility.

But once again: in the long-term perspective, everything may change. And the decrease in gold demand together with cryptocurrency adoption and technological improvements may turn everything upset down.

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