Modern Marvels: Carbon (2008)

History Channel

Silicon carbide (SiC) monocrystal from the LMGP (Minatec) lab in Grenoble, France. Source: Wikipedia
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Natural beauty and human ingenuity would be nothing without this amazing fundamental building block. For over a decade, MODERN MARVELS has brought grand stories to life. The ultimate celebration and investigation of engineering excellence. Discover how carbon’s exquisite simplicity makes it vital to our existence. Celebrating ingenuity, invention and imagination brought to life on a grand scale, MODERN MARVELS® tells the fascinating stories of the doers, dreamers and sometime-schemers who created everyday items, technological breakthroughs and man-made wonders. From diamonds to daffodils, from pencils to space shuttles, carbon is at the heart of almost everything beautiful, useful and necessary on Earth. It is the chemical foundation of life and of modern technology. Carbon burns hotter, cuts deeper, insulates more thoroughly and absorbs more fully than any other material.


Take a captivating MODERN MARVELS® tour of the seemingly limitless applications and manifestation of this incredible element. See why carbon is the key both in heavy-duty industries as well as everyday objects like the graphite pencil and the charcoal water filter. Watch how carbon fiber, a material stronger than steel and lighter than fiberglass, is made into the fuselage of a new Boeing 787. Discover why "activated charcoal" is the material of choice for absorbing everything from toxic heavy metals in your drinking water to funky odors in your shoes.Experience the wonderful world of CARBON with MODERN MARVELS®!

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