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Strange Matter at the National Atomic Museum
February 1, 2004


 ALBUQUERQUE , NM – Come explore your world on the atomic level! The National Atomic Museum is proud to be the USA premiere site for the Strange Matter exhibition, opening Sunday, February 1 and running through May 2. There will be a public reception for the exhibit from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm . Through this exhibit, visitors can enter the fascination world of material research and uncover the surprising science behind everyday stuff.

High tech fields like the space program are known for their use of the advanced materials, but these materials have also found their way into the stuff of everyday life, from shock absorbers, to DVD players, to golf clubs. In Strange Matter visitors will experience the science behind everyday stuff while gaining a glimpse of where the future of materials research might take our world.

Visitors will see the future of metals while watching a standard ball bearing bounce for an extending period of time on a platform made of amorphous metal! ZOOM will take students on a voyage from the macro scale of the world we see to the atomic scale where scientists investigate individual atoms using microscopes. Children can play with the amazing magnetic liquids to discover whether they are a solid, a liquid, or both! Guests will enjoy playing on the xylophones made of different materials to see the tunes they will play.

“Our visitors will be able to explore, examine and experiment with materials that are in use today and some that are just being developed. This exciting exhibit will provide an intriguing glimpse into the world of materials and the role that material science plays in our daily lives,” said Jim Walther, Museum Director.

The Museum will be working with material research scientists from UNM, the labs and other high tech companies around Albuquerque to work as docents and tour guides for the exhibit, helping visitors understand and enjoy the various activities and components. The Materials Research Society hopes that students will begin to see science and research as a viable career path that can be fun and exciting.

Presented by Materials Research Society. The exhibit 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 the 3M Foundation.This local presentation is made possible by Lockheed Martin, Los Alamos National Laboratories, and Sandia National Laboratories

The National Atomic Museum is located at 1905 Mountain Road NW . The museum is open daily from 9 am to 5 pm . Admission is $4 for Adults, $3 for Senior and Youth, while children under 6 are free.

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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.

For more information, please contact:

Becky Kenny
Phone: (505) 245-2137 ext. 102
Fax: (505) 242-4537

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

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Becky Kenny
Director of Marketing and PR
National Atomic Museum
505-245-2137 ext 102

Darline Polonis
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National Atomic Museum
505-245-2137 ext 103