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Hunting the Elements

A two-hour special from the producers of "Making Stuff"

Premiered: Runtime: 1:53:50Topic: Physics + MathPhysics & MathNova

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, technology columnist and lively host of NOVA's popular "Making Stuff" series, 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.

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Major funding for "Hunting the Elements" is provided by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.

Additional funding for "Hunting the Elements" is provided by the Department of Energy and by the Millicent and Eugene Bell Foundation.

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