Demonstrating static electricity, Science Museum, London, 1992.
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Demonstrating static electricity using the Electric Dust interactive in the Launch Pad gallery at the Science Museum, 1990s. Rubbing the top of the Electric Dust box produces static electricity, making the small pieces of 'dust' jump up and down inside. Although static electricity can be a nuisance with many modern materials, it can also be useful - for cleaning dirty smoke, making photocopies, and painting round corners!