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47. Silver: Our Own Image

10/14/2019
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Silver is more than just a precious metal. It's also a reflection of ourselves.

Duration:00:46:57

46. Palladium: The Old Razzle Dazzle

9/23/2019
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Those people who've been involved with palladium's history seem to harbor a dubious predilection for stretching the truth.

Duration:00:40:12

45. Rhodium: The Most Precious Metal

9/9/2019
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For some people, rhodium's most important aspect is its high price. For others, it's absolutely priceless.

Duration:00:18:18

44. Ruthenium: The Glow Cloud

8/26/2019
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Element 44 is technically not named for Russia... but perhaps it should be.

Duration:01:07:48

43. Technetium: Naturally Synthetic

8/12/2019
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It's only after we gave up searching for this element that we found it out in the universe.

Duration:01:12:11

42. Molybdenum: Conventional Weapons

7/29/2019
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Before we talk about one big gun, let's discuss 1,500 years of military technology.

Duration:00:33:08

41. Niobium: No More Tears

7/15/2019
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We delve into elemental etymology today, and get to investigate a chemical phenomenon.

Duration:00:24:52

40. Zirconium: Burning Up, Melting Down

7/1/2019
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Today, we reach the last element on the periodic table -- but only alphabetically speaking.

Duration:00:18:25

39. Yttrium: It’s A Quiet Village

6/17/2019
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Welcome to the sleepy Swedish town of Ytterby. I hope you like it, because we'll be spending an awful lot of time there later in the series.

Duration:01:09:24

38. Strontium: Little Town

6/3/2019
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Let's look past the bad reputation this element has to learn how it's an essential part of an idyllic childhood.

Duration:01:16:52

37. Rubidium: What’s Cooler Than Being Cool?

5/20/2019
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Rubidium is more explosive than the alkali metals above it on the table, but it's much more interesting when it's standing almost perfectly still.

Duration:00:48:00

36. Krypton: It’s A Metric

5/6/2019
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Like argon, today's noble gas coincidentally features prominently in science fiction -- albeit in name only. But krypton also takes a place in the science factual story of international weights and measures.

Duration:00:12:35

35. Bromine: Come At Me

4/22/2019
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Don't get too excited, because bromine is an element that brings the hammer down on both extreme emotions and extreme actions.

Duration:00:52:31

34. Selenium: A Fit Of Heat And Light

3/25/2019
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Throughout history, copying information has been arduous, messy, and even dangerous -- until one bored, depressed man figured out the secrets of selenium.

Duration:00:32:39

33. Arsenic: It’s Not Easy Being Green

3/11/2019
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Considering how synonymous this episode's element is with "poison," it's shocking how eager people have historically been to ingest the stuff.

Duration:01:02:13

32. Germanium: Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger

2/25/2019
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Silicon gets all the press, but germanium was the real trailblazer of the Information Age.

Duration:00:43:26

31. Gallium: Caught Wet-Handed

2/11/2019
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Meet one of the periodic table's lesser-known liquid metals -- and beware some dangerous competition from a few felonious element collectors.

Duration:00:22:33

30. Zinc: The Lecture Circuit

1/28/2019
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Learn about some of Italy's most renowned chemists and how they inspired a most gruesome quest to conquer death.

Duration:01:18:28

29. Copper: Wires Crossed

1/14/2019
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We get lost in the woods with a couple of little guys in today's episode, and learn about a lesser-known American Civil War.

Duration:00:36:28

28. Nickel: Face Value

12/31/2018
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From religion to money to politics, nickel finds itself at the center of all kinds of awkward conversations.

Duration:00:18:55