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Can you make plastic in your kitchen?
You would imagine that you'd need some pretty noxious, smelly chemicals to make plastic, but you can actually find the things you need to make malleable, doughy pieces of it in your own home. Instead of putting vinegar on some fish and chips and crying over your spilled milk, use them to become a polymer chemist.
WHAT DO I NEED?
a pint of milk
a sieve or colander
a spoon for stirring
four teaspoons of white vinegar
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Mick O’Hare is the production editor of New Scientist and the editor of the international bestsellers Does Anything Eat Wasps? and Why Don’t Penguins’ Feet Freeze? He lives in London. New Scientist is the bestselling and fastest growing science magazine in the world.