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ScienceDaily (Jan. 27, 2011) — Professor Richard Watt and his chemistry students suspected that a common protein could potentially react with sunlight and harvest its energy -- similar to what chlorophyll does during photosynthesis.
The story of how they proved it sounds as colorful as the legend of the leprechaun who hid his pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.
They started with citric acid from oranges and mixed it with the protein. Next they dissolved gold powder into the solution. Then they put vials of the yellow-colored mixture in direct sunlight and crossed their fingers in the hope that it would turn purple.
Originally posted by pcrobotwolf
reply to post by Xcathdra
i will believe this when my poop turns purple and smells like rainbow sherbet Wait can they change that as well?edit on 29-1-2011 by pcrobotwolf because: (no reason given)
Originally posted by splittheatom
A chemistry teacher I had last year had a little vial of red gold.
He said it had something to do with the arrangement of the electrons, but I can't remember exactly how he described how it worked.