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Science Festival Off To Electrifying Start

26 Oct 2009

The 2009 Manchester Science Festival has got off to an electrifying start.

Sparks fly from the MSF logo
Sparks fly from the MSF logo

To mark the start of the week-long festival, engineers at the National Grid High Voltage Laboratory at The University of Manchester used a Tesla Coil to put millions of volts of electricity through the Festival's star shaped logo.

Huge sparks of electricity flew out of the edges of the star and into the Festival banner, looking for the quickest route to the earth.

The Festival features over 150 fun and inspiring events on science, technology, engineering and maths for adults and children. Most are free.

The Festival runs until Sunday 1 November. More information from

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