Gold has mainly been the domain of ‘goldbugs’ since the 2008 financial crisis. The metal has oft been discussed in the context of a safehaven from economic volatility. Even within the precious metals industry, gold’s industrial uses are often downplayed at least compared to silver.
Gold could thus be fundamental to finding life on other planets. “We’d like to know if another planet out there has enough water to have an ocean, and we think we can do that,” Mather said.