How Buddha's Hair Inspired Burma's Most Sacred Site

The Shwedagon Pagoda is the most sacred site in Burma. Its origins can be traced back to the first millennium

With its peace accords up in the air, the Colombia's diverse ecosystems face an uncertain future. Shown here: the valley of Cocora near Salento, Colombia.

How Colombia's Failed Peace Treaty Could Wreak Havoc on Its Diversity-Rich Ecosystems

A potential influx of legal and illegal mining leaves the country's megadiverse landscapes—and the communities who depend on them—in jeopardy

The Burmese Monument That Appears to Defy Gravity

On the peak of Mount Kyaiktiyo is a mind-bending Buddhist monument: a 25-foot rock that balances precariously on the edge of a cliff

America, Maurizio Cattelan, gold, 2016

You’ll Want to Sit on Guggenheim’s Latest Piece, an 18-Karat Golden Toilet

Maurizio Cattelan returns from retirement with this pretentious potty

Excavations at Tell Yunatsite, Bulgaria

World's Oldest Gold Object May Have Just Been Unearthed in Bulgaria

A small gold bead shows that Copper Age people in the Balkans were processing gold 6,500 years ago

This gold appliqué, more than six millennia old, appears to be a bull but has buffalo-like horns.

Mystery of the Varna Gold: What Caused These Ancient Societies to Disappear?

Treasure found in prehistoric graves in Bulgaria is the first evidence of social hierarchy, but no one knows what caused the civilization's decline

A 19th-century illustration depicts a scene off the coast of Peru, where bird poop, or guano, was harvested as a valuable agricultural fertilizer.

How the Gold Rush Led to Real Riches in Bird Poop

The ships carrying gold miners to California found a way to strike it rich on the way back with their holds full of guano

Railway tracks lead into a dark underground shaft in a former mine in Walbrzych, Poland near where amateur treasure hunters say they have found a lost Nazi train full of gold.

Sorry, Treasure Hunters: That Legendary Nazi Gold Train Is a Total Bust

After months of searching, experts say rumors of a forgotten treasure are just that

Chinese immigrants and gold miners mingle on a main street in San Francisco in 1849.

Gold Rush California Was Much More Expensive Than Today’s Tech-Boom California

Back in 1849, a dozen eggs would cost you the equivalent of $90

Legendary Nazi Gold Train Might Exist After All

Polish culture minister is “99 percent sure” the train has been found

How a Single Wedding Ring Led to a $6 Billion Gold Hoax

People really wanted to believe there were 13 million pounds of gold there for the taking

Two Men Say They’ve Found a Mythical Train of Nazi Gold

Treasure hunters have searched for it since the end of World War II, but it may have never existed in the first place

Photo shows a section of the Florida-Caribbean map. In lower left, an insert section shows part of the Caribbean treasure ground. Note heavy concentration of numbers (each location a shipwreck) off the Louisiana coast, and in the Florida Keys.

Florida Divers Dig Up $1 Million in Sunken Treasure

Treasure hunters find 300-year-old coins from a Spanish fleet off the Florida coast

A treasure trove of tiny gold spirals from Boeslunde, Denmark

Archeologists Have Found 2,000 Ancient Golden Spirals and They Have No Idea What They Are

The meaning or purpose behind the spirals is unclear, but they probably were part of a ritual

Gold Nanoparticles Can Remote Control the Brain

It’s just the latest twist in nanotech that is using gold as medicine

Millions of Dollars Worth of Gold And Silver Lurk in Sewage

A city with one million people could have $13 million worth of metals in sewage sludge

The lavish displays of the Gold Souk in Dubai are a long way from deforested areas of South America, but a new study connects the two worlds.

Lust for Gold Is Consuming Precious South American Forests

Satellite images show that while the scale of deforestation is small, it is bleeding into protected areas

Iron Age coin hoard

Hoard of Gold Coins Found in California

In what can only be described as every child’s dream, a couple in California found treasure buried in their backyard

The 13,000-foot high Grasberg mine contains the largest single gold reserve in the world, and the largest copper deposit as well.

The Environmental Disaster That is the Gold Industry

The mining industry has had a devastating impact on ecosystems worldwide. Is there any hope in sight?

How Doctors Are Harnessing the Power of Gold to Fight Cancer

Can the precious metal hold the key to killing cancerous cells?

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