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How Stuff Works: Plastic

Mark Miodownik, Professor of Materials at University College London, explores the discovery and evolution of plastic.

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How Stuff Works: Plastic. Mark Miodownik, Professor of Materials at University College London, explores the discovery and evolution of plastic.
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Hits: 7516 | Favorites: 2 | Emailed: 0 | Rating: 2.6 | Category: Science | Date: 07/21/2012
 
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Squrlz4Sale
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Saturday, July 21, 2012 11:28:02 PM
I like. Two squirrel thumbs up. =^.^=

robosnitz
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Saturday, July 21, 2012 9:02:49 PM
Too long, and that guys accent irritates me. Is he British or something?

ggolbez
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Saturday, July 21, 2012 7:50:29 PM
Well, if ever there was a video that made me sad that I am mortal this is it.

Angelmassb
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Saturday, July 21, 2012 7:27:49 PM
I thought it was going to be more like this

MacGuffin
Female, 30-39, Europe
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Saturday, July 21, 2012 5:05:19 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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