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Date: 07/21/12 10:28 AM

14 Responses to How Stuff Works: Plastic

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    MacGuffin Female 30-39
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    July 17, 2012 at 8:22 pm
    Link: How Stuff Works: Plastic - Mark Miodownik, Professor of Materials at University College London, explores the discovery and evolution of plastic.
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    MacGuffin Female 30-39
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    July 18, 2012 at 1:58 am

    FYI: There are two further programmes in this fascinating miniseries, on Metals and Ceramics respectively. This is my favourite programme of the three, although the one on metals that discusses the crystaline manufacturing process for jet engine turbine blades is pretty interesting too.
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    CaptainPabst Male 18-29
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    July 21, 2012 at 10:50 am
    interesting but the horrible video quality is distracting
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    Listypoos Male 40-49
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    July 21, 2012 at 11:42 am
    Long, but really interesting in a `killing time till my itunes had finished converting my tunes` way.

    I think I`ll try and get hold of mp4`s of this series for my media player.
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    Freyr108 Male 18-29
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    July 21, 2012 at 12:34 pm
    Thought he looked familiar... He was the materials guy in the royal society Christmas special a few years back... but for Kings not UCL...
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    MacGuffin Female 30-39
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    July 21, 2012 at 1:21 pm

    @Freyr: Yep, that`s the same guy. I love those RI Christmas Lectures. I know they`re for kids, but they`re usually really interesting.
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    Tiredofnicks Male 30-39
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    July 21, 2012 at 2:26 pm
    Good stuff, and probably the longest time I`ve ever spent on one post here.
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    Freyr108 Male 18-29
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    July 21, 2012 at 4:02 pm
    Yea I love them! Only I wish they would step up the science a little, I always feel that they are patronising me, obviously they aren`t as its a children show but still!
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    MacGuffin Female 30-39
    2602 posts
    July 21, 2012 at 4:53 pm

    Good stuff, and probably the longest time I`ve ever spent on one post here.
    Yes, the BBC4 documentaries tend to be good value for money. :)
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    MacGuffin Female 30-39
    2602 posts
    July 21, 2012 at 5:05 pm

    Yea I love them! Only I wish they would step up the science a little, I always feel that they are patronising me, obviously they aren`t as its a children show but still!

    I liked Miodownik`s lecture (particularly the bit where he explained how small creates like spiders with a high surface-to-volume ratio can survive falls from incredible heights, whilst larger creatures like elephants couldn`t handle a drop even as much as humans can tolerate). The RI lectures can be a bit hit and miss, though. There was one a few years ago called something like "the war between plants and animals", that had a biologist talking about different defence mechanisms evolved by plants and herbivores over millennia. It could have been quite interesting, but somehow she made it really dull!
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    Angelmassb Male 18-29
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    July 21, 2012 at 7:27 pm
    I thought it was going to be more like this
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    ggolbez Male 18-29
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    July 21, 2012 at 7:50 pm
    Well, if ever there was a video that made me sad that I am mortal this is it.
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    robosnitz Male 40-49
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    July 21, 2012 at 9:02 pm
    Too long, and that guys accent irritates me. Is he British or something?
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    Squrlz4Sale Male 40-49
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    July 21, 2012 at 11:28 pm
    I like. Two squirrel thumbs up. =^.^=

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