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Feb
19
2006

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Smash the glass video

A bowling ball swings from a great height into a pane of glass but it doesn't break.

When the Strange Matter exhibit opened here at the Science Museum on Feb. 4, the large pane of glass in the "Smash the Glass" activity already had been hit about 137,500 times ... by a swinging bowling ball. Since then, museum visitors have swung the bowling ball against the glass 10,000 times, putting the total number of hits above 147,500 on Feb. 19.

How many more hits can the glass resist? Well, it took about 157,000 strikes before a pane of glass broke last time (when Strange Matter was at another museum). At that rate, the glass might shatter at the Science Museum in early March. But the glass could break even sooner than that. We'll just have to wait and see.