Big Picture Science – Material Whirl

by Gary Niederhoff on July 8, 2013

Big Picture Science – Material Whirl

What’s the world made of? Here’s a concrete answer: a lot of it is built from a dense, knee-scraping substance that is the most common man-made material. But while concrete may be here to stay, plenty of new materials will come our way in the 21st century.

Discover the better, faster, stronger (okay, not faster) materials of the future, and Thomas Edison’s ill-conceived plan to turn concrete into furniture.

Plus, printing objects in 3D… the development of artificial skin… and unearthing the scientific contributions of African-American women chemists.

Listen to individual segments here:
Part 1: Artificial Skin
Part 2: New Materials
Part 3: 3D Printer
Part 4: Multi-Dimensional Printer
Part 5: African American Women Chemists
Part 6: Concrete History

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