The elixir of life

From China come reports that an elixir of life has been discovered. The elixir was found last year in a bronze vessel thought to date from 202 BC. The vessel was itself part of a treasure trove discovered in an ancient tomb. Ancient documents speak of the liquid contained in the vessel as delivering immortality.

Tests on the liquid show it contains a mixture of potassium nitrate and alunite, or aluminum potassium sulphate – neither of which will give anything more than a very bad pain in the stomach.