MagLab

Nick Evans

  Update 10/22: Florida State University says Glenn Nix died after workers attempted to remove a steel cap from the end of the water supply pipe and encountered a release of pressurized air and water that propelled the cap forward, striking Nix.

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The sight of a spider can send people shrieking with fear. But researchers in a Tallahassee lab see great potential in spider webs. They’ve used them to make a unique material they hope will offer an eco-friendly alternative to the stuff inside current-day technological devices.  

Just outside the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory building, researcher Eden Steven is collecting a material so low-tech, it’s found in the corners of most of our garages. He’s looking for spider webs.

Science Friday? Tallahassee Is In For A Science Weekend

Feb 14, 2013
Thomas Andrew Gustafson

The National High Magnetic Field Laboratory in Tallahassee is something you’d expect the cartoon kid-scientist Dexter to own. Three story high ceilings with plenty of caution signs, foot-thick wires and massive humming machines: all the tell-tale signs of scientists at work. And on Saturday, it will be showcasing some interesting experiments at its annual open house this Saturday.

Tim Murphy is one of the people overseeing the MagLab, and for Saturday only, a potato cannoneer. He says, science can be fun and kooky, and that’s what the MagLab is trying to show.