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How Stuff Works: Plastic

Hits: 7520 | Rating: (2.6) | Category: Science | Added by: MacGuffin
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Squrlz4Sale
Male, 40-49, Eastern US
 6018 Posts
Saturday, July 21, 2012 11:28:02 PM
I like. Two squirrel thumbs up. =^.^=

robosnitz
Male, 40-49, Eastern US
 2752 Posts
Saturday, July 21, 2012 9:02:49 PM
Too long, and that guys accent irritates me. Is he British or something?

ggolbez
Male, 18-29, Eastern US
 1945 Posts
Saturday, July 21, 2012 7:50:30 PM
Well, if ever there was a video that made me sad that I am mortal this is it.

Angelmassb
Male, 18-29, S. America
 15498 Posts
Saturday, July 21, 2012 7:27:49 PM
I thought it was going to be more like this

MacGuffin
Female, 30-39, Europe
 2597 Posts
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!

MacGuffin
Female, 30-39, Europe
 2597 Posts
Saturday, July 21, 2012 4:53:46 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. :)

Freyr108
Male, 18-29, Europe
 203 Posts
Saturday, July 21, 2012 4:02:00 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!

Tiredofnicks
Male, 30-39, Europe
 4807 Posts
Saturday, July 21, 2012 2:26:14 PM
Good stuff, and probably the longest time I've ever spent on one post here.

MacGuffin
Female, 30-39, Europe
 2597 Posts
Saturday, July 21, 2012 1:21:32 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.

Freyr108
Male, 18-29, Europe
 203 Posts
Saturday, July 21, 2012 12:34:58 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...

Listypoos
Male, 30-39, Europe
 2579 Posts
Saturday, July 21, 2012 11:42:06 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.

CaptainPabst
Male, 18-29, Western US
 1253 Posts
Saturday, July 21, 2012 10:50:25 AM
interesting but the horrible video quality is distracting

MacGuffin
Female, 30-39, Europe
 2597 Posts
Wednesday, July 18, 2012 1:58:33 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.

MacGuffin
Female, 30-39, Europe
 2597 Posts
Tuesday, July 17, 2012 8:22:29 PM
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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