Size matters

From the very large to the very small, size is an important factor for both living and non-living matter. Discover why hamsters fare better than humans when jumping from the top of a skyscraper and how ants can lift many times their own body weight. Watch Mark Miodownik in our 2010 CHRISTMAS LECTURES.

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From the very large to the very small, size is an important factor for both living and non-living matter.

Beginning his journey into the world of scale with a furry friend, Mark reveals why hamsters fare better than humans when jumping from the top of a skyscraper. We find out why mountains don't grow any taller, why the size of an elephant means it has trouble dancing, and why ants can lift many times their own body weight.

Scaling down to the molecular level, Mark Miodownik reveals why chocolate tastes so good and returns to size again to explain how sperm whales – one of the world’s biggest animals – have developed nifty ways of diving deep into the ocean

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