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Metal: How It Works

Premier :: 2012-04-02

Airs :: Monday 9:00 on BBC Four

Genre :: Documentary

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Mark Miodownik traces the history of our love affair with metal. He investigates metals at the atomic level and sees how metal crystals can be grown to survive inside a jet engine.

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Series 1 - Episode 3 - Ceramics: How It Works
Aired - 16 April 2012

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Professor Mark Miodownik traces the story of ceramics. He looks at how we started with simple clay, sand and rock and changed them into pottery, glass and concrete - materials that would allow us to build cities, transform the way we view our world and communicate at the speed of light. Deep within their inner structure Mark discovers some of ceramics' most intriguing secrets. He reveals why glass can be utterly transparent, why concrete continues to harden for hundreds of years and how cooling ceramics could transform the way we power cities of the future.

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