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The development of both the physical and aesthetic properties of materials used to be a collaboration between the arts and the sciences. The potential rewards of reviving such a vibrant culture are great, and would benefit both the creative arts and materials science.

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  1. Mark Miodownik is at the Mechanical Engineering Department, King's College London, Strand, London, WC2R 2LS, UK

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