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Strange Matter at the Museum of Science
October 2 , 2004

Visitors encounter Strange Matter at the Museum of Science

BOSTON — Saturday, October 2, Strange Matter , a new temporary exhibit, opens at the Museum of Science . Visitors can explore the fascinating world of advanced materials and uncover the surprising science behind everyday “stuff.”

Developed by the Ontario Science Centre in Toronto , Strange Matter captures advanced materials used in high-tech fields such as the space program and cardiac surgery and reveals them in more common places—from NBA backboards and cell phone antennas to DVD players and gold clubs. By exploring Strange Matter, museum-goers can examine the unseen world of materials science up-close and test some of the newest materials in use today. Visitors can investigate the structure of these materials to discover what gives them their intriguing properties.

Strange Matter will provide our visitors a chance to explore science materials first-hand,” remarks Ioannis (Yannis) Miaoulis, President and Director for the Museum of Science . “We hope this interactive exhibit will inspire future generations of scientists, engineers and technologists.”

Strange Matter features ten interactive Experience Pods that unveil the magic and mystery of advanced materials used in day-to-day life. Exhibit-goers can transform magneto-rheological fluid into a solid with the help of gloved-hands and magnets at the Magnetic Liquids pod. At another station, young visitors can “play scientist” at the Touch Table where they observe what different materials look like when placed under a microscope camera lens. In Smash the Glass , visitors can crank up a bowling ball and let it fly—discovering whether or not heat-tempered glass has the strength to withstand the shock or if the pane of glass will shatter.

Strange Matter is presented by the Materials Research Society. This exhibition and its tour are made possible by the generous support of the National Science Foundation, Alcan, Dow, Ford Motor Company Fund, Intel (R) Innovation in Education and the 3M Foundation.

Strange Matter will be on exhibit at the Museum of Science from October 2, 2004 - January 3, 2005 . Admission to the temporary exhibit is included with regular Exhibit Hall admission: $14 for adults, $12 for seniors (60+), and $11 for children (3-11). Exhibit Hall Hours: Saturday – Thursday 9a.m. – 5p.m. ; Friday 9a.m. – 9p.m. For more information, call 617/723-2500; (TTY) 617/589-0417; or visit

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About the Materials Research Society: The Materials Research Society is a not-for-profit scientific association founded in 1973 to promote interdisciplinary goal-oriented research on materials of technological importance. Membership in the Society consists of more than 12,500 scientists from industry, government, academia and research laboratories in the United States and nearly 50 other countries.

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