A Brief History of Stuff

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Episode 2: Sticky tape

Graphene is the thinnest, strongest, most conductive material ever discovered and it’s also invisible to the human eye! This wonder material can be found in any pencil, but for years scientists couldn’t isolate its incredibly thin layers. Discover how scientists used sticky tape to first peel away graphene’s layers and uncover how its remarkable properties might transform our world. 

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About a Brief History of Stuff

The podcast is hosted by BBC Radio 5 Live’s Nihal Arthanayake and filled with fascinating stories about the ordinary objects around you.

Each episode explores the past, present and future of an everyday object in your home, from bath toys to sticky tape and vacuum cleaners to the microwave oven, revealing how they changed science—and our world.

Join Nihal, experts and enthusiasts—from air traffic controllers to beachcombers and our curators—to hear remarkable stories about the stuff around you, all inspired by incredible items from the Science Museum Group Collection.

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