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Celebrity scientists visit UNCC

Would you like to find out whether a lead balloon can fly? Do you want to know whether two big-rig trucks colliding head-on could fuse together and completely flatten a small car between them?

Do you just like watching stuff blow up (safely)?

If so, you’ll want to be at UNCC’s Halton Arena Sunday afternoon for “An Afternoon with Adam and Jamie.”.

The N.C. Science Festival will end its two-week long statewide tour with the signature event, featuring Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman, hosts of Discovery Channel’s Emmy-nominated series “Mythbusters.”

In a 90-minute program starting at 2:30 p.m., the duo will share behind-the-scenes stories and video presentations of past explosions and other “for-fans-only” outtakes. The program also will include a moderated question-and-answer session.

General admission tickets range from $28 to $75; VIP tickets are $150 per person. Each VIP ticket includes reserved stage-front seating, an N.C. Science Festival T-shirt and access to a meet-and-greet reception, where a photo can be taken with the hosts.

The Mythbusters and their team of investigators apply scientific method to commonly held beliefs and legends, testing myths surrounding lava lamps, rockets, sharks, port-a-potties and other items not found in the typical science lab. Past experiments have included converting a vacuum cleaner into a jet engine, swinging 360 degrees vertically around a swingset and floating on a raft filled with helium.

Attempting to debunk myths, urban legends and popular misconceptions through scientific testing and experimentation, the show has explored – and exploded – hundreds of myths over the past nine years.

“Mythbusters” is hosted by Hyneman and Savage, and co-hosted by Tory Belleci, Kari Byron and Grant Imahara. The show airs at 9 p.m. on Sundays.

The N.C. Science Festival is a two-week statewide series of events showcasing science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). The festival also highlights the educational, cultural and financial impact of science in our state.

Through hands-on activities, science talks, lab tours, nature experiences, exhibits and performances, the Festival engages a wide range of public audiences while inspiring future generations.

Recent reports indicate the U.S. is losing ground as the world leader in science and technology, according to festival organizers, and fewer students than ever are pursuing careers in science and technology.

The festival is an initiative of Morehead Planetarium and Science Center at UNC Chapel Hill.

Details: www.ncsciencefestival.org.

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