This 1,600-Year-Old Roman Goblet Shows Evidence of Nanotechnology!
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"The Lycurgus Cup," is a 1,600-year-old Roman chalice that changes color based on the angle of the light hitting it.
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Due to its depiction of an event featuring King Lycurgus of Thrace, the object is known as "The Lycurgus Cup."
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Scientists have been perplexed by the glass chalice ever since the British Museum acquired it in the 1950s.
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Why the cup seemed jade green when lit from the front but blood crimson when lit from the back was a mystery to them.
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The mystery was solved when researchers examined broken pieces and found that the Roman artisans were pioneers in the field of nanotechnology.
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The artisans broke down silver and gold particles to a diameter of as little as 50 nanometers & saturated the glass with them.
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There is no chance that the outcome could have been an accident because of how precisely the work was done.
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Nanotechnology also helps in identifying biohazards at security checkpoints or aid in the diagnosis of human disease.