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UCL presence at Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition

3 July 2006

UCL is represented at four exhibits at the Summer Science Exhibition at the Royal Society.

An exhibit entitled 'Rough Guide to Mars' will display work by Professor Jan-Peter Muller's team at UCL Geomatic Engineering, in conjunction with the Open University and Imperial College. The exhibit allows visitors to experience different parts of the Martian surface using a unique 'Geowall'.

'Puzzling Plastics', a collaborative project featuring academics from a number of universities, including Dr Helen Wilson, UCL Mathematics, explores the molecular characteristics of plastics and explains why the materials' physical properties are so diverse.

'Shedding new light on the human body' shows how new technologies using near infrared light are enabling scientists to see inside the body and gain unique perspectives on how the body's systems work.

In a fourth exhibit, entitled 'Invisibility at the flick of a switch', Dr James Dynes, UCL Physics and Astronomy, is part of a team led by Imperial College which is making 'x-ray vision' possible by manipulating the atoms in a solid. This allows light to pass through a material without being absorbed, rendering objects transparent. 

The Summer Science Exhibition is held annually at the Royal Society, the UK's national academy of science. The event is free and open to the public. This year, 24 interactive exhibits will be on show presenting the best of UK science, engineering and technology. During the four days of the event, more than 4000 people are expected to take up the opportunity to explore the exhibition.

The Summer Science Exhibition takes place at the Royal Society, 6-9 Carlton House Terrace, London SW1Y 5AG, and runs from the evening of Monday 3 July until the afternoon of Thursday 6 July. Entry is free.