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Strange Matter Exhibit (Image 2)

July 2, 2010
Strange Matter Exhibit (Image 2) A boy manipulates blobs of ferrofluids and makes them dance using rare earth magnets during his visit to the Strange Matter Exhibit at the Casa Roig Museum in Humacao, Puerto Rico. The traveling museum exhibit highlights the exciting science of materials. The exhibit, which opened at the museum Oct. 25, 2007, was brought to Puerto Rico by the PENN-University of Puerto Rico at Humacao (UPRH) Partnership for Research and Education in Materials (PREM), a program sponsored by the National Science Foundation. Strange Matter--or Materia Extraña in the Spanish language--lets visitors explore materials with unexpected properties, such as liquids that are magnetic; 'feel' atoms with a model of an atomic force microscope; or enjoy the 'music' of the different materials used in a xylophone. Across different stations, they are introduced to the exciting science that underlies what we might consider 'everyday stuff,' while simultaneously obtaining a glimpse of where the future of materials may lead us. At the museum, visitors could explore the exhibit by themselves or with guided tours by PREM faculty, students and volunteers, as well as participate in talks and demonstrations by local scientists on a variety of topics such as the types of sand on Puerto Rican beaches, plastics that conduct electricity, or 'strange mathematical formulae for strange matter.' The exhibit seeks to increase the scientific knowledge of the community and to motivate future materials researchers. Support for the exhibition and its tour came from the National Science Foundation, Alcan, Dow, Ford Motor Company Fund, Intel® Innovation in Education and the 3M Foundation. (Date of Image: October-November 2007) [Image 2 of 11 related images. See Image 3.]