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Video: Modern day ‘Ben Franklin’ dabbles in materials science via YouTube

By Eileen De Guire / August 13, 2013

Bay area mechanical engineer Ben Krasnow makes silica aerogel in this demonstration in his home laboratory, one of many he has published on YouTube. (Credit: Krasnow; YouTube.) I learned a new word today—“polymath: a person of wide-ranging knowledge or learning.” Students of history describe to Benjamin Franklin as a polymath, referring to his skills as…

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