Connected by Copper

Connected by Copper

Temporary Exhibit: Connected by Copper - From Cells to Cell Phones 

Running from July 1st to September 7th, our new exhibit, Connected by Copper: From Cells to Cell Phones will explore the way that copper is entwined with our lives – so entwined, you could even say it is part of our DNA. For over nine thousand years, many civilizations have used copper. From ancient armour and tools, to antimicrobial healing treatments, the red metal has saved people from harm for millennia.

Today is no different. Copper wiring helps lights up the darkness, throwing light into the shadows to bring a sense of security. It powers our alarm systems and GPS, or is used in the brass that makes our padlocks. It is also increasingly being used for touch surfaces in hospitals, transit or other public places as the science overwhelmingly shows how effective it is at killing viruses and bacteria. We even have copper in our bodies, as it is important for the functioning of our nerve cells and immune system.

This exhibit takes our 2020 temporary exhibit Bug Busters and expands on it, looking at the different ways that copper has, and still does, save us from harm. Snap a selfie in our electric light photo booth or pick out the different ways that copper saves us from harm in our DNA sculpture – some might surprise you. And as the last year has elevated our desire for antimicrobial products, you can discover some of the ways that copper is being used in a variety of products to bring piece of mind to individuals as we navigate this new world we find ourselves in.

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Date:            July 1st - September 7th
Location:     Machine Shop

 

Image: "Copper Dendrites" by Paul's Lab licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0



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