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◆ Am­ber comes in 300 dif­fer­ent shades, from the yel­low-orange it gave its name to, to pale le­mon to near-black, by way of red, green and a very rare blue. ◆ Am­ber was a key plot de­vice in Juras­sic Park, where sci­en­tists ex­tracted DNA from di­nosaur blood in­side mosquitoes in­side the gem – and then used it to clone di­nosaurs. ◆ Am­ber is very light­weight and will float in salt­wa­ter (but not fresh). ◆ The word elec­tric­ity comes from the Greek name for am­ber, elek­tron. If you rub a piece of am­ber on cloth it can spark and at­tract par­ti­cles and so its name was given to the force. ◆ Our an­ces­tors had nu­mer­ous the­o­ries about the ori­gin of am­ber, think­ing it could be shards of sun­light made solid, or the tears of birds, or the pet­ri­fied urine of a lynx.

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