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Hunting the Elements

Hunting the Elements
PBS Airdate: April 4, 2012 DAVID POGUE (Technology Guru): Why do bombs go boom? You have created fire! I could feel that puppy! How much gold is in 400 tons of dirt? MIKE LASSITER (Refinery Supervisor, Barrick Gold Corporation): There's about a million and a half dollars there. DAVID POGUE: Oh, man! Watch out with the hammer. LAWRENCE L. DAVID POGUE: We live in a world of incredible material variety. Yet everything we know, the stars, the planets and life, itself, comes from about 90 basic building blocks,… You have a periodic table table. …all right here, on this remarkable chart: the periodic table of the elements. It's a story that begins with the Big Bang and eventually leads to us. Manganese! And we're made, almost entirely, of just a handful of ingredients, including one that burns with secret fire inside us all. Join me as I explore the basic building blocks of the universe… Oh! LINDSAY BAKER (Gatorade Sports Science Institute): …as hard as you can. …poisonous gases,… Isn't chlorine deadly?

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