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NOVA; Hunting the Elements

03/21/2012

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Series
NOVA
Program
Hunting the Elements
Program Number

3906

Series Description

Premiered March 1974 NOVA is a general-interest documentary series that addresses a single science issue each week. Billed as "science adventures for curious grown-ups" when it first aired in March, 1974, NOVA continues to offer an informative and entertaining approach to a challenging subject. 1996 marked NOVA's 23rd season, which makes it the longest-running science program on national television. It is also one of television's most acclaimed series, having won every major television award, most of them many times over. Series release date: 3/3/1974

Program Description

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

What are things made of? It’s a simple question with an astonishing answer. Fewer than 100 naturally occurring elements form the ingredients of everything in our world — from solid rocks to ethereal gases, from scorching acids to the living cells in our body. Take a spin with David Pogue, lively host of NOVA’s popular “Making Stuff” series and personal technology correspondent for The New York Times, through the world of weird, extreme chemistry on a quest to unlock the secrets of the elements. Why are some elements, like platinum and gold, relatively inert, while others, like phosphorus and potassium, are violently explosive? Why are some vital to every breath we take, while others are potentially lethal? Punctuated by surprising and often alarming experiments, this episode is on a roller coaster ride through nature’s hidden lab and the compelling stories of discovery that revealed its secrets.

Produced by Powderhouse Productions

A NOVA Production by Powderhouse Productions for WGBH

Duration

00:56:40

Asset Type

Broadcast program

Media Type

Video

Genres
Documentary
Topics
Science
Citation
Chicago: “NOVA; Hunting the Elements,” 03/21/2012, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed December 10, 2016, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_E01CBE904A554255A2738F4DA44E9F12.
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APA: NOVA; Hunting the Elements. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_E01CBE904A554255A2738F4DA44E9F12
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