I was watching PBS this Saturday, and the topic of the show was the clay army unearthed in china. The entire show was fascinating. It covered nearly
every related topic, how when and why. Towards the end, the most fascinating facts were touched upon but they didn't go into the depth that I think
this singular subject deserved. I am hoping to find out more info and share this info as I uncover it.
So it sense that these statues were painted very intricately, in vivid colors, a prominent color being Chinese purple. At the time it was only one of
two manmade pigments known to man, the other being Egyptian blue. It was said that the two were unrelated and the "formula was not shared between
This purple pigment was a byproduct of alchemist attempting to make fake jade, as jade was thought to have powers in the afterlife, and royalty were
buried in suits made of it. As this burial practiced fell by the wayside, so did the purple pigment.
The most fascinating point about this pigment is that a group of scientist took a small flake of color to the lab that houses the most power magnet in
the world, to run a few tests. At this point they were finally able to determine the compounds that made the color, and something amazing happened
while it was exposed to the high magnet levels.
It appears that somehow the object, pigment particle, transformed from 3D, to 2D. Now a scientist i am not, but the reactions of the ones on this show
led me to believe this could be the discovery of a lifetime, right up there with nuclear science.
They said it could transform the way electricity is made, the efficiency of transportation, and on and on.
Sadly, most of it was over my head, but I understood enough of what was being said to realize this was a huge discovery. If anyone say this show, or
can explain to me how a 3D object becomes 2D, and the implications, that would be awesome.
I am so new to starting threads. I have trouble with links and such. I know there is a page on the PBS website about the show, but is doesn't say much
about the magnet experiment. Though if you scroll down to the comment section, inquiries about this subject abound. Google Chinese purple PBS, that is
how I got there.
Hope you find this information as fascinating as I did. Any help is appreciated.
One of the scientist working on the experiment.
Program transcript. Comments on magnetic info towards the end.
edit on 9-5-2011 by Wetpaint72 because: Added link
edit on 9-5-2011 by Wetpaint72 because: Transcript link added.
More experiments at Los alamos nm.
edit on 9-5-2011 by Wetpaint72 because: More information added.