NOVA Video: Hunting the Elements

NOVA’s “Hunting the Elements” (which originally aired on 4/4/12) shows the world of weird, extreme chemistry. This fascinating 2-hour special from the producers of “Making Stuff” can be viewed online at

Description: Where do nature’s building blocks, called the elements, come from? They’re the hidden ingredients of everything in our world, from the carbon in our bodies to the metals in our smartphones. To unlock their secrets, David Pogue, the lively host of NOVA’s popular “Making Stuff” series and technology correspondent of The New York Times, spins viewers through the world of weird, extreme chemistry: the strongest acids, the deadliest poisons, the universe’s most abundant elements, and the rarest of the rare—substances cooked up in atom smashers that flicker into existence for only fractions of a second. – Additional media clips and lesson plans allow educators to explore the periodic table in detail with their students—from its basic structure and properties to the sometimes volatile behavior of specific elements. An excellent supplement for chemistry class, these materials make learning about the elements fun and interesting!

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