That box of Girl Scout shortbread cookies you have? Worth roughly $15 billion!

Fun compare and contrast!

The trading price of and ounce of gold has hit a two day record high of $1,746!

[via Reuters] As investors exited stocks for bonds and bullion, holdings of the SPDR Gold Trust registered their biggest one-day gain in more than a year on Monday, sending the price of gold to a premium over traditionally more expensive platinum. 
 U.S. gold futures for December GCcv1 struck a record around $1,746 an ounce, while cash gold hit an all-time high about $1,742 an ounce, its 12th record in 20 sessions. 
 "Markets are now worried about another global recession. Out of Europe, French bond yields have widened on expectation of sovereign debt downgrade because of the country's exposure to peripheral European debt," said Natalie Robertson, a commodities strategist at ANZ. 
 "I think everyone was also looking at the 7 percent drop in the S&P 500. The market was very concerned over the global economy. Gold is now more expensive than platinum, and the last time this happened was back in December 2008. That's an interesting dynamic." [Read more]

Whereas thanks to THIS new technology, if utilized?

A single 8oz box of Girl Scout shortbread cookies could go for 15 Billion dollars, which equates to basically $1,875,000,000 per cookie ounce.

[via The Blaze] Graphene, the strongest material known to man, is readily abundant. And as Rice University researchers show, it can be extracted from almost any carbon source. In fact, a box of Girl Scout cookies produced about $15 billion worth of graphene.

As reported by Popular Science (H/T Gizomodo), chemist James Tour claimed at a meeting he and his Rice University grad students could make graphene—a one atom thick layer of carbon atoms becoming known for its strength and conductivity—out of any carbon source. With this challenge, the Rice students grew high-quality graphine from grass, chocolate, a cockroach leg, dog excrement, and a box of Girl Scout shortbread cookies:

Two of the grad students in Tour’s lab did some math given the current commercial price for quality graphene—about $250 per two-inch square—and figured that a box of shortbread cookies could generate a roughly $15 billion profit if converted to graphene.

Of course, that has everything to do with scale, supply, and demand. Right now, graphene is difficult and expensive to produce in large quantities. A box of shortbread could yield a sheet of graphene that would cover three football fields if the means of production were there. And of course if supply were that inexpensive the price would drop substantially.

This two-dimensional structure with 200 times the strength of steel was discovered in 2004 and was the subject of the Nobel Prize in Physics in 2010.  While extracting graphene from carbon sources is currently a lengthy and expensive process, you can see graphine yourself  whenever you use a graphite pencil: the thin layer that’s deposited on a sheet of paper from the pencil is graphene.

The same Rice University researchers believe that graphene’s first commercial application could be computer touchscreens. They believe graphene’s flexibility offers advantages over the more brittle indium tin oxide, currently the most common material used for such screens. [Read More]

You will never look at another box of Girl Scout cookies the same again, will you?

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You and me both, pal…

Definitely, you and me BOTH!