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Mindblowing Materials

Saturday 7 April

Every well-made object, from a bridge to a spoon, is not just a piece of 'stuff' but a testimony to the ability of our species to take raw materials and turn them into things of use, value and beauty. In this jaw-dropping event we look at some of the most amazing materials known to man. Hear how spider silks can self-assemble into a micro-machine. Also, discover where you can find the strongest material on earth and how to build a space elevator. With live demonstrations by material scientist Dr Jamie Gallagher and spider silk expert Prof Fritz Vollrath, you will touch, hear and see things you wouldn’t believe.

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