Modern Marvels: Carbon

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Modern Marvels: CarbonAll life forms, including us, are built upon atoms of carbon. But modern technology is also built on a foundation of carbon.

Modern Marvels: Carbon explores how such a simple element burns hotter, cuts deeper, dies harder, insulates more thoroughly, and absorbs more fully than any other material.

From diamonds to coal, carbon fiber race cars to graphite pencils, you’ll see why carbon is not just the stuff of life, but the key to modern technology.

You'll also learn why "activated carbon" is the material of choice for absorbing everything from toxic heavy metals in your drinking water to funky odors in your shoes.

And you'll see how NASA is using carbon aerogel, the lightest, most insulating substance in the world, to search for clues about-you guessed it-carbon-based life forms.

This documentary is available for preview only. Get it at Amazon.com.

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  • http://kool-invention.mine.nu doc-fan

    So many uses for one chemical bond!

  • John Seals

    A hard watch, boring- but very informative. Carbon is definetly an amazing element. I just wish they coudv'e made it more interesting some how.

  • Josh

    nice quality and sound. I learnt this in first year university and I'm really looking up this to in the future. With Nanoscience and carbon, our future is full of hope

  • Skye-hook

    Very interesting! Everyone should see this! I had no idea. I think the parts others found too boring were the parts that showed things that aren't necessary for the parts around it. Such as unloading coal from a coalcar at a plant. Things like that. A lot of videos could use a final edit. :) But all-in-all, a great documentary. Thanks! :)

  • http://YouTube.com/DancingSpiderman DancingSpiderman

    An absolutely great documentary that should be required viewing in high schools. Comprehensive and well written, with just the right amount of tech jargon to keep it interesting without needing to stop the show multiple times.

    I thoroughly enjoyed watching this documentary about Carbon.
    Doc film writers might wanted to take notes on how the various segments were put together, in order to achieve a likewise useful and captivating personal effort in the production of their documentary.

  • tanzanos

    WOW a diamond the size of a planet!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Ahmad-Atia/100000560591510 Ahmad Atia

    very nice & informative science revolutionizing our life

    I like Ballistic conduction very much

  • PaulGloor

    Correction... the sun !