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Series: Beyond the Elements

 

Indestructible

   2020    Science
In this series, David Pogue explores the fantastic chemistry behind the everyday and sets out on a worldwide quest to find the key molecules and chemical reactions that have paved the way for human civilization, life, and even the universe as we know it.
In the first episode, glass so strong you can jump on it, rubber so tough it protects a clay pot dropped from 50 feet, endless varieties of plastic. Scientists and engineers have created virtually indestructible versions of common materials by manipulating the chains of interlocking atoms that give them strength—but have they made them too tough?

Beyond the Elements: Life

   2020    Science
Without the chemistry of photosynthesis, ozone, and a molecule called Rubisco, none of us would be here. So how did we get so lucky? To find out, host David Pogue investigates the surprising molecules that allowed life on Earth to begin, and ultimately thrive. Along the way, he finds out what we’re all made of—literally.

Reactions

   2020    Science
Just about every solid, liquid, or gas in the world as we know it begins with reactions between individual atoms and molecules. Host David Pogue dives into the transformative world of chemical reactions, from the complex formula that produces cement to the single reaction that’s allowed farmers to feed a global population by the billions.
How the Universe Works
How the Universe Works

   2014    Science
Leaving Neverland
Leaving Neverland

   2019    Culture
100 Foot Wave
100 Foot Wave

   2021    Culture
Planet Earth
Planet Earth

   2007    Nature
The Brain with David Eagleman
The Brain with David Eagleman

   2015    Medicine
Roman Empire: Reign of Blood
Roman Empire: Reign of Blood

   2016    History
Senna
Senna

   2010    Culture
How to Grow a Planet
How to Grow a Planet

   2012    Science