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July 06, 2013

So you thought gold contacts were the "gold standard" for electronics, right?

Not so much. Not so much. Gold produced metal whiskers just like tin, cadmium and zinc can.

...Large, grass-root-like whiskers, of approximately 10μm in length and ~1μm in diameter, which were observed on several parts, are shown in Figure 4. Giant, irregularly shaped, toothpaste-like whiskers of more than 20μm in length were observed in two out of 22 inspected parts...
What are metal whiskers you ask? Basically they're what's going to crash civilization. Forget about massive solar flairs, SMOD, or EMP's. Metal whiskers are working silently right now to crash technology.

Click around that linked NASA whisker failure page. What's gone down already is pretty scary...and not something the media or industry is too interested in telling people about.

Yea, they can take out normal consumer PC's as well as cause nuclear reactor shutdowns.


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