Researchers map metallic DNA of old coins

Canadian researchers have discovered a technique that enables them to link silver and gold found in ancient Greek and Roman coins back to the Mediterranean locations where the source metal was mined.

Researchers at McMaster University in Ontario are mapping the “metallic DNA” of ancient Greek and Roman coins, according to CTV.

“They have developed a technique that makes it possible to determine the precise metal content of ancient coins by bouncing subatomic particles off their surface. Repeated thousands of times over the course of weeks, the process begins to reveal exactly what the coin is made of,” CTV reported.

Once the “metallic fingerprint” is complete, researchers can begin to link the coins back to the Mediterranean locations where the metal was mined, said Spencer Pope, one of the researchers leading the project.

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NHL ‘Original Six’ veteran dies at 85

Vic Lynn, the only man to play for all of the so-called “Original Six” National Hockey League teams, died earlier this month at age 85.

Lynn, a native of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, who would eventually win three Stanley Cups, saw his career get off to an inauspicious start.

He made his debut in the 1942-43 season, playing in a single game for the New York Rangers. The following year, he was picked up by the Detroit Red Wings and saw action in three games, but again failed to register a single point.

He spent all the 1943-44 and most of the 1944-45 season in the American Hockey League, but was picked up for two games by the Montreal Canadiens for two games in the ’44-’45 campaign. Again, he failed to score.

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