Original Title: Hunting the elements
Producer: Paula S. Apsell (Senior executive producer)/ Dan McCabe/ Chris Schmidt
Director: Chris Schmidt
Company: WGBH Educational Foundation/ NOVA
Scientific Field: Exact sciences/ New technologies
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, the lively host of NOVA’s popular "Making Stuff" series and technology correspondent of The New York Times, 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.