by Helen Storey .

test 5

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We have found that different weight polymers bound together, and printed with different types of inks determine the motility and active behavior of the stars.
Here the 'red mother star' ensnares the smaller black star, causing it to 'drown' first.
We are experimenting with increasing erratic 'animal like' behaviour, so that once the dresses have been submerged and as they dissolve, a second life occupies the water for a while longer - a kind of deep
water ballet of chemistry


  1. GalileosUniverse
    16:48 9 Jan 2008
    The experiment somehow seems to emphasize the eternal course of beauty , when a gracious and beautiful see star like shaped material crumbles during the process into a pile of ordinary shapeless residue .....
  2. sedit
    12:32 10 Jan 2008
    very different, they remind me of spiders swimming in the water.ver nice
  3. HelenS
    10:38 12 Jan 2008
    Thank you for the comment you left about our early experiments. You have homed in on the currency that all our collaborators on this project, in particular the textile and science teams, have been moved by. We weren't expecting, or intending on bringing ' plastic' to life.... the conversations that are sometimes overheard in the lab are hysterical, as we each seem to spontaneously humanise these little plastic creatures - the last one I set free in water was a ' Rachel' why ? no idea.
  4. KarlFuler
    23:28 12 Jan 2008
    spiders don't swim. They use objects to themselves through the water or else they walk on the surface.
  5. GalileosUniverse
    08:39 13 Jan 2008
    Tank you for your courtesy and interesting comment about ' spontaneously humanise these little plastic creatures ' ...
    On a note ... the name Rachel somehow seems rather appropriate in certain way ..... after all 'Rachel' was the beloved one, therefore the last one to go :):).....