If you crossed Goldfinger with Moonraker, you might come up with an image like that pictured above. What this actually shows is a computer-generated image of a deployable antenna, woven in gold, for use with communications satellites. Using gold-plated wires thinner than hair, a team at Nottingham Trent University (NTU) is working in collaboration with Oxford Space Systems (OSS) with a view to developing a new type of deployable antenna for satellite systems.
Dealing with waste from electronics equipment has mainly been driven by legislation to stop poisonous elements leaking into the environment. Now a scheme has been launched that will make more use of laptop motherboards by recycling the gold content. Mining for gold is an an incredibly energy-intensive and environmentally damaging process because the amount of gold retrievable from its ore is so tiny. Electronics, however, has developed something of a gold habit.
Gold is inherently alluring, but the details of its extraction can be murky and mysterious. Though regulation around the traceability of conflict minerals has never been stronger, campaigners are concerned that gold tarnished by human rights abuses might still be slipping through the net. In the vaults underneath the Bank of England there are hundreds upon hundreds of investor-owned gold bars with a combined worth of hundreds of billions of pounds.
Muck Rack makes it simple to find people, tweets, or articles that mention any name, keyword, company, hashtag etc. We've compiled this guide to help you make the most of your search.
Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
names, titles and bios with some suggested searches:
Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
Muck Rack's Advanced Search allows for many boolean operators.
Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
searching Musk AND Zuckerberg or Musk + Zuckerberg.
Use the operators OR or , to broaden your search when you'd like either of
multiple terms to appear in results. (This is the default behavior of our search when no operators
are used). For example, results will contain either cake or cookie by searching cake OR cookie or cake,cookie
Use NOT or - to subtract results from your search. For
example, searching Disney will yield results about the Walt Disney Company as well as Walt Disney
World Resort. To exclude mentions of Disney World, search for Disney -World or Disney
When using one of these operators with a phrase, enclose it in quotation marks. For example, you can
find results about smartphones excluding Apple's iPhone 4S by searching smartphone -"iPhone
Exact case matching or punctuation
If you're searching for a brand name or keyword that relies on specific punctuation marks or capitalization, you can
find results that match your exact query by adding matchcase: before the keyword you're searching for, like matchcase:E*TRADE .
Use parentheses to separate multiple
boolean phrases. For example, to find journalists talking about having fun in Disney World or
Disneyland, search for ("disney world" OR disneyland) AND fun.
An asterisk can be used to search for any variation of a root word truncated by the asterisk. For example, searching for admin* will return results for administrator, administration, administer, administered, etc.
A near operator is an AND operator where you can control the distance between the words. You can vary the distance the near operation uses by adding a forward slash and number (between 0-99) such as strawberries NEAR/10 "whipped cream", which means the strawberries must exist within 10 words of "whipped cream".