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Bags of ideas from industry

The roles that scientists play in industry are revealed in new publications from the Chemical Industry Education Centre, sponsored by the Chemical Industries Association and York University. Let Sleeping Bags Lie! has activities for 13 to 16-year-olds including testing the "breathability" of cover fabrics, thermal insulation of fillings, effects of washing on the materials, and elasticity.

Case Studies in Applications of Plastics: polyethylene terephthalate in plastic pop bottles, includes activities such as measuring the pressures in a lemonade bottle. For infants, a storybook approach to science and technology can be found in Pencils, Poems and Princesses. Pounds 5 to Pounds 8.50. CIEC, Heslington, York YO1 5DD. Tel: 01904 432523.

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