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I grew up on science fiction and the endless possibilities of the future have always fascinated me. My background is in education and heritage, so being at the Science Museum is something like working at Disneyworld.

The vial of rust-coloured powder may not look like much but is a very special substance that can absorb and block magnetic fields. Sheldon Paquin explains more.

Discover how our data is being collected and used and how it’s making huge changes in the way we live our lives in our new exhibition.