Material Marvels

Material Marvels: The Crystal Palace

There are only a few pillars left of what was South London’s Crystal Palace – a glass building that burned down in 1936. Anna Ploszajski writes.

Material Marvels: Synthetic rubber and the artificial heart

James Perkins investigates the surprising connection between yoga pants and artificial hearts. 

Material Marvels: Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore

Kathryn Allen looks at the mysteries of engineering behind the dome of the Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore in Italy.

Material marvels: Hanford B nuclear reactor

On 26 September 1944, a first sustained nuclear chain reaction at a new reactor began. Its purpose was not to prove whether fission could be achieved or sustained, but to explore its weaponised potential. Khai Trung Le looks at Hanford B, the world’s first full-scale nuclear reactor.

Material Marvels: Basilica de la Sagrada Família

Ellis Davies takes a look at the materials and construction techniques used in the Basilica de la Sagrada Família.