How Much Do You Know About Copper?

1.Pyramid of Cheops

The first point of facts about copper is related to pyramids of Cheops. There were water pumping construction found by the archaeologists in this pyramid which was made partly from copper dated more than 5000 years ago.

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2.Dead Sea Scrolls

When people Sea Scrolls, they will think that the classic items are made from animal skin. This principle does not apply in one of the Dead Sea Scrolls discovered in Israel. It is created by using copper. In the scroll, you will see the clues to find the hidden treasure.

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3.New York’s Statue of Liberty

One of the materials used to construct the statue of Liberty is copper. It features 80 tons of copper from Norway. The craftsmanship was done in France.

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4.Gold

When people want to get firm and tough gold, the manufacturer will add small amount copper. The train of gold is soft so that you can mould this material using your hands. Even though your jewelry is made from 24 k of gold, it still contains some copper.

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5.Hieroglyphs

Copper was believed as the symbol of the eternal life. In the hieroglyph system, the ancient Egyptian people utilized the ankh symbol to represent copper.

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6.Columbus

Columbus is one of the greatest sailors and explorers in the world. When he made a voyage to America, his ship was protected by using copper skin which eliminate the bio-fouling or even barnacles.

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7.Copper cookware

Copper is the best material recommended by most high class chefs in the world. The material can transfer the heat better than any other material.

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8.Copper products

Copper is widely used as the construction and frame in water piping and distribution since it can resist from any bacteria. Some products made from copper include handrail, door knobs and finger-plates.

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9.Copper tools

Copper is also helpful to lower the risk of explosion. The tools or products made from copper will never cause any fire or even spark. That’s why the electronic tools are made by using this material to prevent the explosion to occur.

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10.Anti corrosion

Copper can last longer and it prevents corrosion to form. The nuclear authority in Sweden and deep sea exploration uses copper as the protection for their equipment and pipework.

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Source and photo credit: findfast.org, periodictable.com

William P.//SMC Editor

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4 Strange Stockpiling Panics

Stockpiling panics can be triggered by the smallest of market shocks. Maybe a news report causes it, an unexpected price change, or word of mouth, but once the panic sets in chaos ensues. Each country has seen its own stockpiling panic, like raw materials, power, food and water. But the following countries have been a little more creative with their stockpiling choices.

Japan – Toilet paper

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Japan’s bureaucrats don’t want the nation to be caught with its pants down the next time toilet paper supplies run short after a natural disaster.

That’s why the government is rolling out its latest public-awareness campaign, entitled “Let’s Stockpile Toilet Paper,” which involves an exhibition on the topic at the trade ministry, a summit of industry leaders and the sale of specially packaged “emergency use” toilet tissue.

USA – Sick Days

sickdayDue to loopholes in the employee benefit package, government employees of the USA are eligible for 2,164 sick days that they are eligible to draw from according to figures requested from the auditor’s office.

China – Cabbage

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In Beijing especially, there are the piles of cabbage that accrue in communal courtyards, high-rise hallways and window ledges across the city. This has been common practice since the 1960’s industrialization to get people through harsh winters that may hinder food production.

Singapore – Sand

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Some countries have strategic oil reserves; others stockpile rice or wheat. The island nation of Singapore has emergency reserves of imported sand. The government is now being forced to tap its sand hoard after its usual supplier, Indonesia, abruptly banned exports in February in a string of disputes between the two countries.

 

Currently, Raw material surcharges are spurring stockpiling of stainless steel and nickel across the globe. Finland’s Outokumpu OYJ (OUT1V), Germany’s ThyssenKrupp AG and Aperam SA (APAM) in Luxembourg all reporting boosts in deliveries.

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How Much Petrol Costs Internationally

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“Finland has produced so many brilliant distance runners because back home it costs $2.50 a gallon for gas.”  Esa Tikkannen, 1979

“It’s better to have beer in hand than gas in tank.” Unknown

Some people would say petrol prices are one of the highest outgoings from their budget – but this isn’t the case universally. So what causes this?

The differences in gas prices across countries are due to the various taxes and subsidies for gasoline.  All countries have access to the same petroleum prices in international markets, but then decide to impose different taxes. In some cases, like Venezuela, the government even subsidises gasoline and therefore people there pay close to nothing to drive their cars.

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So, assuming you have a 60 liter car, the cost of one tank will vary considerably.  A tank of petrol in Venezuela would buy you a candy bar ($0.60). A tank of petrol in Norway, the most expensive on the list, would get you a weekend holiday ($153). In China you could get an IPod ($81). In the UK you could get a family trip to the capital ($129). And finally in the USA, you could get dinner for two in a mid range restaurant ($58).

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In fact production of gas is relatively the same universally. The crude oil, which is a mixture of hundreds of liquids of different boiling points is put into a huge column and heated from the bottom. The liquids with the lowest boiling points rise up the column and are collected from the upper regions. Other liquids are collected part way down and heavy oils are collected from the bottom. Tar is found to collect at the base of the column. Petrol is one of the low boiling liquids that are collected near the top. So in fact savings could be made from more efficient production processes, like updating their equipment.

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Shanghai Pilot Free Trade Zone – Celebrating The First Year Anniversary

It has been almost a year since the China (“China (Shanghai) Pilot FTZ”) was formally launched. With high expectations that the new free trade zone would be the new Hong Kong or Singapore, the FTZ pioneers an unprecedented degree of openness in relation to foreign investment and international trade in both goods and services.

The FTZ has drawn great attention from the market, resulting in thousands of companies registered in the 28 square kilometers areas of the city. Close to the Shanghai’s existing financial service hub in Lujiazui, the current home of Shanghai Stock Exchange, HSBC and numerous other financial institutions in the city, a number of international bankers, lawyers, new ventures have settled within the FTZ, encouraged to be established to further facilitate overseas investment.

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These institutions follow the objective of promoting and leading the development of an open Chinese economy. The efforts to create a new financial hub, however, has been facing some challenges as the government is itself still assessing its options, as well as regulations that allow foreign investment in banks and other financial companies.

Although some barriers to foreign investment such as real-estate brokerages, internet cafés, rail freight transport, wholesale trading, health care investment were removed, many foreign investors initially were disappointed by the so-called “negative list” of closed sectors. The “negative list” approach means that all sectors will be opened up, except those specifically excluded by law e.g. industries ranging from finance to property to entertainment and media. Officials said at the time that the list would be shortened in 2014.

China opens landmark Shanghai free trade zone

As part of the next big wave of Chinese economic reforms, the FTZ’s guideline underlying the physical trade is easier to understand. It refers to (1) the trade relationship between the FTZ and abroad, which goods can freely exit from and enter into China free of customs supervision and (2) the relationship between the FTZ and the rest of mainland China, which movements of goods shall be subject to applicable taxes and regulation.

The challenge, for instance, is associated to guidelines when applied in the financial industry. According to the report published by JP Morgan, the government is unlikely to make an aggressive move in reforming the financial market.

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In this sense, there remains significant uncertainty about how the experiment will work in practice — in particular, whether companies registered in the zone can benefit from the looser policies nationwide or only within the boundaries of the FTZ.

From what it’s been looking like since the last year, the FTZ is not a simple trial zone for financial liberalization. At the heart of the reform is to redefine the relation between the government and the market, said the JP Morgan report, “We’re crossing the river by feeling the stones”, Ms. Sun, general manager of Ganjie Business Registration Agency, summarized.

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