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TEDxColumbus - Arthur Epstein - 10/20/09

Plastics, the Next Generation Plastics. Plastics. Dustin was onto something. Actually, he should have said Pearls. Pearls. Dont know what a pearl is? After Dr. Art Epsteins lively talk, youll begin to grasp the chemistry of these identical molecules that make the molecular equivalent of a string of pearls. Controlling the individual pearls has resulted in many of our structural functions in society, from plastic bags, to non breakable windows, to polyester clothing. In recent decades scientists, including Dr. Epstein, have discovered ways to tweak the pearls so the resulting chain of pearls is itself a magnet, a metal, or a semiconductor. What these new discoveries have in store for advanced technologies, including things like yes, even pharmaceuticals, will make you appreciate what plastics has in store for our future. About TEDx, x = independently organized event In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.* (*Subject to certain rules and regulations)
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