How Stuff Works: Plastic

Submitted by: MacGuffin 5 years ago in Science

Mark Miodownik, Professor of Materials at University College London, explores the discovery and evolution of plastic.
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Male 6,227
I like. Two squirrel thumbs up. =^.^=
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Male 2,737
Too long, and that guys accent irritates me. Is he British or something?
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Male 1,931
Well, if ever there was a video that made me sad that I am mortal this is it.
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Male 15,510
I thought it was going to be more like this
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Female 2,602

[quote]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![/quote]

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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Female 2,602

[quote]Good stuff, and probably the longest time I`ve ever spent on one post here.[/quote]
Yes, the BBC4 documentaries tend to be good value for money. :)
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Male 203
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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Male 5,094
Good stuff, and probably the longest time I`ve ever spent on one post here.
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Female 2,602

@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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Male 203
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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Male 3,147
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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Male 1,249
interesting but the horrible video quality is distracting
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Female 2,602

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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Female 2,602
Link: How Stuff Works: Plastic [Rate Link] - Mark Miodownik, Professor of Materials at University College London, explores the discovery and evolution of plastic.
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