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RadioNZ Nights' Materials: Fact or Fiction

13 March, 2020

'Materials: Fact or Fiction' is a new series on RNZ Nights in collaboration with the MacDiarmid Institute where an idea is taken from fiction to see how it stands up to scientific scrutiny.

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Materials: Fact or Fiction - Flubber

Dr Nate Davis - MacDiarmid Institute Associate Investigator and Lecturer in Physical Chemistry at Victoria University of Wellington - gives his scientific take on Flubber, a fictional material which looks like Silly Putty but defies the laws of physics.

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June 25, 2020

Materials: Fact or Fiction - Neutronium

JJ Eldridge, Associate Professor in Physics at the Faculty of Science, University of Auckland, gives us her scientific take on Neutronium - a material widely written about in fiction - including Star Wars, Star Trek and in the Marvel comics.

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June 11, 2020

Materials: Fact or Fiction - Feminum

Associate Professor Nicola Gaston, MacDiarmid Institute Co-Director and Principal Investigator, gives us her scientific take on Feminum, the indestructible bulletproof metal of which Wonder Woman’s bracelets are made.

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May 28, 2020

Materials: Fact or Fiction - Sting

Another in our Materials Fact of Fiction series in partnership with RadioNZ Nights where we get a scientific take on a material or concept in fiction - Dr Mike Price, a Postdoctoral Fellow at Victoria University of Wellington, gives us his take on Sting from Lord of The Rings.

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April 16, 2020

Materials: Fact or Fiction - Dilithium Crystals

Dr Krista Steenbergen, MacDiarmid Institute Associate Investigator and Physics Lecturer at Victoria University of Wellington give us her scientific take on Dilithium Crystals from Star Trek.

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April 2, 2020

Materials: Fact or Fiction - Mithril

Dr Chris Bumby, MacDiarmid Institute Associate Investigator and Senior Scientist at the Robinson Research Institute of Victoria University of Wellington, gives his science take on Mithril from Lord of the Rings.

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March 19, 2020

Materials: Fact or Fiction - Axonite

Professor Bill Williams, MacDiarmid Institute Principal Investigator and Professor in Biophysics and Soft Matter at Massey University discusses Axonite from Dr Who - A 'thinking' material that can replicate any substance and spreads itself across the cosmos to feed itself.

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March 5, 2020

Materials: Fact or Fiction - Unobtanium

In this episode, Associate Professor Nicola Gaston, Co-Director of the MacDiarmid Institute, talks to Bryan Crump about unobtanium, most recently the plot device behind the movie Avatar although it's had other outings in science fiction pop culture. 

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February 20, 2020

Materials: Fact or Fiction - Lightsabers

In this episode, Professor Justin Hodgkiss, Co-Director of the MacDiarmid Institute, talks to Bryan Crump and gives his take on lightsabers. 

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January 30, 2020

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