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Beyond the Elements: Indestructible (with Audio Description)

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.

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NASA launches its most ambitious search yet for traces of ancient life on Mars.
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CRISPR gene-editing technology is advancing quickly. What can it do now—and in the future?
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Beyond the Elements: Life

Discover the fascinating chemistry that makes our world and everything in it—including us.
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Beyond the Elements: Indestructible

Discover the fascinating chemistry that makes our world and everything in it—including us.
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Beyond the Elements: Reactions

Discover the fascinating chemistry that makes our world and everything in it—including us.
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Can We Cool the Planet?

Scientists look to geoengineering and other methods to cool the planet.
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Touching the Asteroid

Spacecraft OSIRIS-REx attempts to grab a piece of an asteroid to bring it back to Earth.
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