Thursday, May 3, 2012

News: A small exhibition at Magna


A unique exhibition of sculptures which bring the astonishing world of nanoscience to life is set to open at Magna Science Adventure Centre in Rotherham this weekend.

In "Giants of the Infinitesimal" top scientists have worked with artists to explore nanotechnology which deals with matter, structures and molecules just billionths of a metre across.

The exhibition features large-scale versions of nano-particles which visitors can manipulate in the same way that scientists do in the laboratory.

It aims to show how the new area of science can radically transform many fields, including healthcare, computing, energy, and waste reduction.

Stuart Ballard, science centre director at Magna said: "This is a fascinating exhibition where art meets science. The exhibition premiered at the Museum of Science and Industry, Manchester and we're delighted to now be hosting it here in Yorkshire."

Sculptures include a piece depicting the honeycomb lattice of graphene – the super-strong material which won University of Manchester scientists the 2010 Nobel prize in Physics.

The exhibition, funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, will run at Magna from May 5 until November 5.

Magna is the UK's first science adventure centre and is set in the former Templeborough steelworks.

Magna website



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