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The Future of Knitting & Crafting ...

Season 4, Ep. 1

Does knitting qualify as engineering? How do we break down gender barriers between 'crafts' and 'science'? What's the future of wearable technology? And how does Lady Gaga fit into all of this?


Welcome to an all-new version of Create The Future from the Queen Elizabeth Prize For Engineering. In this first episode our very own "mega badass engineer" Roma Agrawal - author and structural engineer for the construction of The Shard - chairs a discussion about the innovations and ancient wisdoms to be found in Arts & Crafts. Roma's guests are materials scientist Dr Anna Ploszajski and electronic textiles researcher Irmandy Wicaksono from MIT Media Lab.


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  • 32. The Future of Digital Twin Hearts

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    In the future, virtual models of our organs could aid the development of personalised medicine.⁠ These digital twins can be experimented on to identify the best possible treatment, without you having to go near a pill or surgeon’s knife.Host Roma Agrawal gets to the heart of the matter with:Roger Highfield, Science Director at the Science Museum, and author of Virtual You: How Building Your Digital Twin Will Revolutionize Medicine and Change Your Life.Dr Jazmín Aguado Sierra, the first engineer to model their own heart. See Jazmin's complex and beautiful large-scale virtual model at the Science Museum now.New episodes - conversations about how to rebuild the world better - every other Friday.Follow @QEPrize on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook for more info.
  • 31. The Future of Fire Safety

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  • 30. The Future Of Sports Engineering

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  • 29. The Future of Space Telescopes

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