In 1997, a discovery of over 2000 tonnes of gold was reported from Busang on the island of Borneo, Indonesia. With an estimated worth of over $70 billion USD, this was called the ‘discovery of the century’. However, the dream quickly turned into a disaster as it emerged that the entire operation was a fraud. The consequences for the commodities market and the legislation of mining were widespread.
The Busang mine was operated by a small Canadian company, Bre-X Minerals Ltd.,
These glass eyeballs —aka “ocular pathology specimens”— were used as teach aides in European medical schools during the 1860s. The collection was donated to UCSF in 1963 by Phil Danz, an ocularist. (Ocularists are highly skilled craftsmen who designs prosthetic eyes.)
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