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Alchemy

Alchemy is a philosophical and protoscientific tradition practiced throughout Europe, Africa and Asia. It aimed to purify, mature, and perfect certain objects. Common aims were chrysopoeia, the transmutation of "base metals" (e.g., lead) into "noble metals" (particularly gold); the creation of an elixir of immortality; the creation of panaceas able to cure any disease; and the development of an alkahest, a universal solvent. The perfection of the human body and soul was thought to permit or result from the alchemical magnum opus and, in the Hellenistic and western tradition, the achievement of gnosis. In Europe, the creation of a philosopher's stone was variously connected with all of these projects.

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I MADE GOLD

I'm rich now!! My chemistry teacher has taught us to turn copper into gold! What's the secret? Well, since we're all intelligent minds here, I'll tell you. It is the reaction between the copper in the penny (pre-1980's pennies), with a mixture of zinc, sodium hydroxide, and heat! We plated the penny in a zinc and sodium hydroxide solution, then put it on a hot plate and bam! Instant gold!

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