Problem: At a flea market, you’ve found a very interesting painting done in the style of Rembrandt’s “dark period” (1642–1672). You suspect that you really do not have a genuine Rembrandt, but you take it to the local university for testing. Living wood shows a carbon-14 activity of 15.3 counts per minute per gram. Your painting showed a carbon-14 activity of 15.1 counts per minute per gram. Could it be a genuine Rembrandt?

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At a flea market, you’ve found a very interesting painting done in the style of Rembrandt’s “dark period” (1642–1672). You suspect that you really do not have a genuine Rembrandt, but you take it to the local university for testing. Living wood shows a carbon-14 activity of 15.3 counts per minute per gram. Your painting showed a carbon-14 activity of 15.1 counts per minute per gram. Could it be a genuine Rembrandt?

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