From Our Sister Site: The Many Uses Of Gold, Part 6

We have previously discussed the ways which gold is valuable on terra firma. Today we will discuss the ways in which gold makes it so that we can communicate with the stars. Gold is vital for aerospace purposes. Check out our previous articles on the usage of gold in electronics and computers for a primer on today’s blog.

Space helmet, gold

With billions of dollars at stake when it comes to space travel, materials need to be dependable. Fixing a component in space is different than changing a tire on the side of the road. It’s not just more costly, it can be deadly. Maintenance and repair costs – but human and dollar – need to be as close to zero as possible. This is why gold has been turned to in the construction of every space vehicle launched by NASA and now independent companies such as SpaceX.

We have previously discussed golds usages in circuits, and check that article out. Now imagine those circuits being used in the void of space. Gold stays dependable, keeping it’s corrosive lacking properties even under the highest stress conditions. It is the most reliable conductor available for usage still. Most every part of every space vehicle are mounted with gold-coated film as well. This prevents the ambient radiation of space from leaking into the material – possibly harming the internal components of the humans inside of them.

Just as gold is vital for life on the ground, gold is vital for life above it. Gold prevents the internal components of space vehicles, objects, satellites, and more from overheating. The intrinsic properties of gold, previously discussed in this series, continue to apply even when off of this planet. Without the coating of gold, space travel and communication would be impossible.

Gold is also used to lubricate the joints between mechanical parts in space flight. Regular, earth bound lubricants do not stand up to the trials of space. They are broken down easily by the intense radiation of Earth’s atmosphere and beyond. Gold lacks these earth bound problems. It’s low, exceptionally low, shear strength means it can easily be used to coat the moving parts normally covered in lubricant. Instead, gold molecules slip past each other. Molding and unmolding under the forces of friction in a manner that acts as a lubricant. Gold makes space travel possible.

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Most Influential Rap Albums Of All Time: Jedi Mind Tricks – Violent By Design

Remember when hip hop albums had upwards of 20 tracks, with as many features? , early 2000’s, how I miss you! Perhaps no album personifies this era of “underground crew albums” as the sophomore release of Jedi Mind Tricks: Violent By Design. Featuring the devastating one-two punch of two emcees and the exclusive production of mad genius (and best name Hip Hop) Stoupe The Enemy Of Mankind. Mainstay Vinnie Paz (aka Ikon the Hologram) and on-again-off-again emcee Jus Allah deliver an acerbic barrage against the White Christian One Percent Establishment.

That, and whack emcees.

Seriously, this album is a seminal classic that ushered in the brutal era of violent, underground rap at it’s lyrical peak.

“Heavenly Divine” is one of the hallmark tracks of the underground era. What’s your favorite? Comment below!

Featured Chain 10 – Method Man, II

Method Man has already appeared on this list, and he rightfully appears on it again with a chain that is hip hop history: the Upside Down Wu-Chain. “You could never capture the Method Man’s stature, for rhyme and for rapture” he once famously rapped, and the solid gold chain is just that. Solid gold. Very little ice. At least for the original chain.

Meth has had multiple versions for the upside down Wu for years, and searching for images of it proves that something it’s not the content, the bling, or the ice, or even the chain that it hangs on. It’s the man, and the design that makes it special.

Oh, and also having each lavishly designed piece being worth thousands, upon thousands of dollars.

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From Our Sister Site: The Many Uses Of Gold, Part 5

We have previously discussed why gold is valuable. It’s luster, and color make it a prized possession throughout the world. Cultures throughout the history of the world have long prized gold, uniting them against language divides and time. It conducts electricity, doesn’t tarnish, is easily drawn into wires hammered into sheets, can be melted, fused with other minerals, and can be made into heavily detailed shapes.
Today we are going to examine the medial usages of gold. As with electronics, and jewelry (both of which we have previously written about, and you can read if you are interested) gold’s intrinsic properties are what makes it so valuable.

While gold is not the most economically valuable metal, per se, when it comes to dentistry it is valued for different reasons. First, the cost to prepare gold for dental use is much less than other metals. While iron would be cheaper theoretically, it does not stand up under use the way that gold does. Iron fillings would need a blacksmith just to fix your mouth, and to be removed after rusting within days. Gold doesn’t rust, and it barely corrodes. It doesn’t change the taste your mouth either, and is aesthetically pleasing. Not only does gold look better than other options, but it performs at a much higher rate than others.


Every article has touched upon another reason why gold is so vital in dentistry, and it will be touched upon here again. Gold is easily alloyed to other metals to improve its already substantial qualities. Gold alloys are thus found in fillings, crowns, bridges, and even orthodontic appliances. It is nonallergenic, and is very easy manipulated by dentists.

Gold is used, and valued, in traditional medical applications as well. It’s usage as a drug is vital in the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis. Gold isotopes are also used in the guidance of cancer treatments as well. Gold is used to remedy conditions which cause a patient not to be able to close their eyes completely. Here, gold is implanted into a patient’s eyelids to give them added weight to close. Gold is picked because of it being chemically inert, and it’s nonallergenic properties. The usage of gold in diagnosing multiple conditions is vital to the medical field. It is used as a beta emitter in the body, helping to guide doctors on the correct path of treatment.

Finally, gold is incredibly valuable as the tools in which doctors perform surgical procedures. As we previously discussed gold is found in computers, electronics, and almost every device on Earth. The operating room is no different. Surgical instruments contain gold parts, and so do the life-support devices that assist in surgery. Gold is vital to the health of the world in this way.

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Most Influential Rap Albums Of All Time: Big Punisher – Capital Punishment

Before hip hop denigrated into the mumble rap/trap garbage it became today, there existed larger than life lyrical legends that defined the culture. Chief among these were Big Punisher, the Brooklyn based Puerto Rican monster with the fastest tongue on the East Coast. Most of your so-called “lyrical” rappers owe at least a chunk of their game to this husky voiced (and huskier framed) 400lb emcee.

Big Pun

Capital Punishment hit the streets like a freight train, and featured the most versatile ‘street-level’ rapper since Biggie Smalls. Pun smashed the previous stereotype of street rap and brought a verbal acrobatic ability previously unmatched. Other rappers could be faster, sure, but none had the content and the storytelling abilities that Pun brought to the table.

“Capital Punishment”, the title track, is a tour de force in hip hop storytelling and features a tragic story of Pun’s relative. What’s your favorite track? Comment below!

From Our Sister Site: The Many Uses Of Gold, Part 4

Cultures throughout the history of the world have long prized gold, uniting them against language divides and time. It conducts electricity, doesn’t tarnish, is easily drawn into wires hammered into sheets, can be melted, fused with other minerals, and can be made into heavily detailed shapes.

Previously we have discussed the usage of gold electronics and electronic devices. Today we are going to dive a little deeper into a concern brought forward in that article. Namely the use of gold in computers. We discussed how vital that gold is in the products that make this world run, and computers are the backbone of modern society. Thus it makes sense to spend a little more time talking about gold’s usage in these vital components.


A quick recap on why gold is found in electronics so that we are all up to speed. You can also read the article on gold in electronics for more. Gold is a reliable conductor of electricity and electronic signals. As most electronics rely on low voltages and currents, it needs a metal that conducts without a degradation in signal. Gold accomplishes this with high reliability. The reason gold is such a reliable conductor of electric signals is because gold does not tarnish easily, and is not prone to corrosion. The same properties that make gold popular in jewelry is what makes gold vitally important in electronics. Gold is important the world over in this way.

As stated last time, if you need to make a connection then it will be made through gold. Your connections to the world are thus golden!

For computers in specific, gold is found in every device that can be classified as a ‘computer’ today. The standard desktop, to the laptop, to even your tablets and phones. Computers rely on rapid transmission of digital information. These connections need to be reliable, and they need to be efficient. This is why computer engineers have turned to gold. It is easily manipulated into the connections, shapes, and designs needed. While other metals may be cheaper, gold meets the high requirements of computer technology at higher rates than any others.

Gold is found throughout every component in a computer. The connectors used to mount the CPU and the memory chips are made of gold. The socket connectors and cables all contain cables. Connections, as always, are made through gold. Computers would not be able to function the way they do, and the reliability required without gold.

Another component towards gold’s reliability previously spoken about is the ability of gold to be alloyed to other metals. Read the article on jewelry for a more in depth take on this if you are interested. The short version is that gold can easily become attached to another metal, and this means gold can be alloyed to metals like nickel and cobalt. In this way gold is able to use their durability, and in turn provide this durability to computer products. Saying that gold is the most useful metal on earth is not hyperbole. It simply is.

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Most Influential Rap Albums Of All Time: Sage Francis – A Healthy Distrust

Ask Chuck D of Public Enemy, and he will tell you one of his favorite rappers is Sage Francis. Not as well known as other rappers of his day, Sage came to fame as the winner of the coveted ScribbleJam Battle tournament several years in a row. Not as much of a cocky kid anymore, Sage Francis matured with his sophomore release and focused his laser beam intellect on larger than life topics like war, love, death, and loneliness.

Showing a new generation of emcees that it’s okay to be the smartest guy in the room with the biggest heart on your sleeve, and that gangster rap is ludicrous, Sage elevated his status tenfold with the release of ‘A Healthy Distrust.’

Recruiting poet Saul Williams for one of the standout tracks “Sea Lion” was a ballsy, yet beautiful move. What is your favorite track? Comment below!

Featured Chain 8 – Birdman

When you enter the hip hop chain game, you either build up to a statement, gradually adding pieces and making yourself iconic… you come out swinging. Nobody came out swinging quite like Cash Money Records did their first video. Two Rolexes on each wrist. Lambos and Bentleys, and some serious bling. When you enter the game that hard, you stay for as long as you want.

Birdman made that dream come true, with his Cash Money Records Chain. The $20,000 gold piece is iconic, and it screams business. hip hop beat down the door, and it did it on the neck of Birdman and Cash Money Records. No more words need to be said about this chain, it speaks for itself, and it speaks it’s name: legendary.

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From Our Sister Site: The Many Uses Of Gold, Part 3

Gold is the most useful mineral that is mined from the Earth, and it is found in electronics the world over. Its luster, and color make it a prized possession throughout the world.

Previously, we discussed the usage of gold in jewelry and financial transactions. Today we are going to discuss a use for gold that impacts our everyday life, even if we do not realize it. Gold found in electronics is vitally important to the world. It is found in tons of devices that makes the world run. Yet, the vital nature of gold in our everyday life has long lasting impacts.

Gold is found in electronics for multiple reasons. The ability of gold to conduct both electricity, and electronic signals, is unparalleled among precious metals. Solid state electronics operate by using low voltages and currents that depend on a lack of interruption. Gold can transmit at these low voltage points, and do so more reliably than other easily available metals.

One of the reasons that gold is able to transmit signals so reliably is because it is not prone to corrosion tarnish. This property, previously discussed in this series on why gold is popular in jewellery, makes gold highly valuable in electronics. Not only does it make gold valuable, but it makes the devices it is placed in highly reliable. This in turn makes them as valuable as the gold used to make them. Gold is mainly used in connectors, switch and relay contacts, and anywhere joints, wires, and strips need to be connected.

If a connection needs to be made, gold is the method through which electronics would ideally depend.

This reliability, and value, is found in the devices that power the modern world. Cell phones, computers, PDAs, GPS units, and all the way down to televisions and calculators. If it is electronic, it more than likely includes gold components. Electronics which do not feature gold are generally found to not be as reliable as those that are. The value of gold ensures the value of electronics.

There has arisen a minor problem due to gold’s reliability and value. With so much gold being used in electronics, it is slowly chipping away at the scarce supply of global gold. Nearly a billion phones are produced every year with gold components, each using approximately fifty cents worth of gold. With very few phones being recycled, literal millions of dollars worth of gold is being lost yearly. This translates to the remaining gold on the market slowly being worth more, and devices which depend on gold potentially costing more in the future.

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Album 98: Dangerdoom – Dangerdoom

An unlikely, yet sonically devastating triple team of lyrical behemoth MF DOOM, producer Danger Mouse (of Gnarls Barkley), and the voices of some of Adult Swim’s stable of cartoon wackos, Dangerdoom comes together like a hip hop stoner snob’s version of a turducken. From Aqua Teen Hunger Force’s Meatwad’s cameos during the hilarious skits, to DOOM’s trademark growly super-scientist flow, this album is how promotional collaborations should be done.

DOOM, often called “an emcee’s emcee”, is at his best teamed with the sparse soundscapes conjured by the enigmatic Dangermouse.
Relentless, punishing bars over masterfully arranged production, coupled with the perfect amount of humor make this one of 2006’s best albums, period.

Danger Doom

“Sofa King” is one of the hardest Hip Hop tracks in DOOM’s vast repertoire. What’s your favorite track? Comment below!