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20. Calcium: Stone and Bone

9/10/2018
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Stories of turning flesh to stone -- and vice versa -- are common in mythology. With calcium, we see how those same transitions can happen in the real world.

Duration:01:30:20

19. Potassium: An Undeserved Reputation

8/20/2018
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There's no avoiding discussing the banana in this episode, even though it really doesn't deserve its strong association with Element 19.

Duration:00:13:24

18. Argon: More Than Meets The Eye

8/6/2018
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Today's element gets called "lazy," but that's actually a terrible misnomer.

Duration:00:10:36

17. Chlorine: Too High Or Too Low, There Ain’t No In-Betweens

7/23/2018
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Chlorine is an element that causes some extreme reactions, and occasionally inspires some pretty extreme reactions in humans, too.

Duration:01:47:41

16. Sulfur: No Mistakes, Only Happy Accidents

7/9/2018
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From Vulcan to vultures, today's element brings stories of unintended consequences.

Duration:01:03:52

Please Hold

6/25/2018
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There's no new episode today, but hopefully next week's Element Update and the following week's return to our regular broadcasting schedule will make up for it.

Duration:00:03:27

15. Phosphorus: Dealing With The Devil

6/11/2018
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The history of phosphorus is largely a tale of people getting their hands dirty. Very, very dirty.

Duration:00:23:11

14. Silicon: Tool Of All Trades

5/28/2018
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From prehistoric times right through today, our hand-held tools have been made of silicon.

Duration:00:36:18

13. Aluminium: War Of The Words

5/14/2018
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Listen to some of the pointless arguments caused by element 13, and take a look at the argument-filled history of one sharp aluminum point.

Duration:00:35:13

12. Magnesium: White Light/White Heat

4/30/2018
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Magnesium makes for quite a fireworks display, whether inside your body or out.

Duration:00:18:07

11. Sodium: What’s In Na?

4/16/2018
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Turns out ancient sages and seers might've actually known a thing or two. Also, is there a good reason for sodium's chemical symbol? Na.

Duration:01:03:50

10. Neon: A Sign Of The Times

4/2/2018
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Neon may no longer be "the new one," but it might have a better claim to the name than any other element on the periodic table.

Duration:00:16:58

9. Fluorine: Tyger Tyger, Burning Bright

3/19/2018
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Just try to tally the body count behind the periodic table's most reactive element, and learn why it's good for your health.

Duration:00:25:52

8. Oxygen: Take What You Can Get

3/5/2018
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Element 8 brings us two stories of a population that gets a little too swept up in the latest craze, happening to commit mass murder in the process.

Duration:00:39:07

7. Nitrogen: Taking The Good With The Bad

2/19/2018
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Today we meet one man who's responsible for the death of millions -- and the survival of billions.

Duration:00:27:01

6. Carbon: The Circle Of Life

2/12/2018
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Learn why carbon is the foundation of all life on Earth as we investigate a chemist's suicide, death by air pollution, and one very, very cold murder case.

Duration:00:48:33

5. Boron: Working Hard, Or Hardly Working?

2/5/2018
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Today, we look past boron's hard exterior to get to know its softer side. Its confusing, gooey, softer side.

Duration:00:19:27

4. Beryllium: The Modern Sisyphus

1/29/2018
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As we try to dive deep into beryllium, we discover its irritating tendency to send us back to the beginning.

Duration:00:26:19

3. Lithium: The Element of Surprise

1/22/2018
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We cautiously approach this explosively reactive element and learn about its surprising ability to stabilize moods, with a brief foray into Bolivian economics along the way.

Duration:00:31:51

2. Helium: Above All That

1/15/2018
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This week, we try to interact with helium, even though it really doesn't want to. Plus, we explore the occult side of chemistry as described by the theosophists.

Duration:00:43:27