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Strange Matter Exhibition at Cranbrook Institute of Science
May 10 , 2005

“Strange” exhibit ready to take shape at Cranbrook Institute of Science

Bloomfield Hills, Michigan - Something “strange” is coming to Cranbrook Institute of Science! U ncover the surprising science behind everyday stuff and get a glimpse of where materials research might take us when Strange Matter materializes on June 4.

At a whopping 6,000 square feet, Strange Matter’s h ands-on technologies and interactive experiences let visitors of all ages investigate the structure of materials and their intriguing and remarkable properties. The exhibit captures advanced materials used in high-tech fields such as the space program and cardiac surgery and reveals them in more common places, from the shoes that you wear and the dishes you eat off of to the CDs you listen to and the bike or skateboard you ride .

Upon entering the fascinating, practical and occasionally bizarre world of materials science, visitors will encounter more than a dozen hands-on experiences. Discover how scientists control structure and defects to create certain properties in materials. Observe what different materials look like when placed under a microscope camera lens. Marvel at a piece of aerogel foam – the lightest material ever made – and see its weight balanced by a tiny piece of glass. Bend and twist a nitinol metal ribbon and watch in amazement as it returns to its original shape!

Want to feel something really weird? Swish your gloved hand around in a vat of magneto-rheological fluid at the Amazing Magnetic Liquids pod and feel it morph from fluid to solid at the touch of a button! Stop by Sand to Supercomputers and you’ll touch the top of a giant, shining column of silicon grown from a “seed” in a lab and follow the painstaking process through which sand is transformed into microchips. Smash the Glass allows visitors to crank up a bowling ball and let it fly into heat tempered glass to see if it will shatter.

More information on Strange Matter can be found on its award-winning website at Since the site’s launch, it has garnered several honors including winner of the 2004 Sci/Tech Web Awards by and 2004 Bronze MUSE Award by the American Association of Museums.

This local presentation is made possible by:

Presenting Sponsors:

  • Ford Motor Company
  • Dow

Major Sponsors:

  • IBEW Local 58
  • 3M Foundation

About the Strange Matter Exhibition:

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

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.

About Cranbrook Institute of Science:

The Institute of Science is located at 39221 Woodward Avenue in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. Museum admission is $7 adults; $5 children 2-12 and senior citizens (65+); children under 2 and members admitted free. Cranbrook Institute of Science is open daily 10am-5pm with extended hours on Friday until 10pm. For more information on becoming a member of Cranbrook Institute of Science call 248 645.3245. For information call (toll free) 1-877-GO-CRANBrook (1-877-462-7262) and visit


For more information, please contact:

Jason Ruttenberg
(248) 645-3224

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Anita B. Miller
Manager, Marketing and Member Services, Materials Research Society

Tel: 724-779-3004 x551
Fax: 724-779-8313


Jason Ruttenberg
Interim Public Relations Manager
Cranbrook Institute of Science

Tel: 248-645-3224