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Beyond the Elements: Indestructible

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? Host David Pogue explores the fantastic chemistry behind the everyday.
Season 47 Episode 18 Length 53:30 Premiere: 02/10/21

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Season 47 Episodes

Beyond the Elements: Life

S47 E19 Length 53:32 Premiere Date 02/17/21

Beyond the Elements: Indestructible

S47 E18 Length 53:30 Premiere Date 02/10/21

Beyond the Elements: Reactions

S47 E17 Length 53:31 Premiere Date 02/03/21

Can We Cool the Planet?

S47 E16 Length 53:31 Premiere Date 10/28/20

Touching the Asteroid

S47 E15 Length 53:32 Premiere Date 10/21/20

A to Z: How Writing Changed the World

S47 E14 Length 53:32 Premiere Date 09/30/20

A to Z: The First Alphabet

S47 E13 Length 54:02 Premiere Date 09/23/20

Secret Mind of Slime

S47 E12 Length 53:17 Premiere Date 09/16/20

Human Nature

S47 E11 Length 1:33:41 Premiere Date 09/09/20

Decoding COVID-19

S47 E10 Length 53:38 Premiere Date 05/13/20

Nature's Fear Factor

S47 E9 Length 53:21 Premiere Date 10/14/20

Saving Notre Dame

S47 E8 Length 53:52 Premiere Date 11/25/20

Eagle Power

S47 E7 Length 53:22 Premiere Date 05/20/20

The Truth About Fat

S47 E6 Length 53:29 Premiere Date 04/08/20

Cuba's Cancer Hope

S47 E5 Length 53:09 Premiere Date 04/01/20

Mysteries of Sleep

S47 E4 Length 53:26 Premiere Date 02/26/20

Cat Tales

S47 E3 Length 53:40 Premiere Date 02/19/20

Dog Tales

S47 E2 Length 54:11 Premiere Date 02/12/20

Polar Extremes

S47 E1 Length 1:52:42 Premiere Date 02/05/20

Beyond the Elements: Indestructible Preview

Preview Length 00:30 Premiere Date 02/10/21

Plastics: Durable, Diverse, and Indestructible

Clip Length 07:52 Premiere Date 02/10/21

Antarctica: Journey to the Bottom of the Earth

Clip Length 14:11 Premiere Date 01/29/20

How Antarctica’s Cutest Baby Seals Grow Up

Clip Length 10:50 Premiere Date 02/05/20

Why is this Antarctic Glacier “Bleeding?”

Clip Length 10:00 Premiere Date 02/11/20

What is it Like to Live in Antarctica?

Clip Length 09:41 Premiere Date 02/26/20

Three Solutions That Can Slow or Stop Climate Change

Clip Length 04:21 Premiere Date 06/04/20

Cutting our Greenhouse Gas Emissions to Zero

Clip Length 04:52 Premiere Date 06/19/20

Can Geoengineering “Undo” Climate Change?

Clip Length 04:41 Premiere Date 06/24/20

How Communities Can Adapt to Climate Change

Clip Length 03:59 Premiere Date 06/29/20

Losing a Loved One to Early Onset Alzheimer's

Clip Length 04:53 Premiere Date 09/02/20

The Joys and Challenges of Birding While Black

Clip Length 03:54 Premiere Date 09/03/20

Signs of Life Found on Venus

Clip Length 06:04 Premiere Date 09/21/20

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Beyond the Elements: Life

Premiered On: 02/17/2021

Discover the molecules that allowed life on Earth to begin and explore how scientists use evolution.

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London Super Tunnel

Construction teams confront immense challenges as they hurry to build a new subterranean railroad under London: the Elizabeth Line.

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Star Chasers of Senegal

A visionary astronomer in West Africa attempts a high-stakes observation of a distant asteroid vital to a NASA mission.

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Ancient Builders of the Amazon

Discoveries reveal traces of ancient civilizations that flourished for centuries with prehistoric populations in the Amazon.

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New Eye on the Universe

Scientists discover how the first stars and galaxies were formed and the roles of supermassive black holes and dark matter.

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Beyond the Elements: Indestructible - S47 E18

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Beyond the Elements: Reactions - S47 E17

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The Truth About Fat - S47 E6

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Fighting for Fertility - S48 E5

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