Nova | Making Stuff with David Pogue: materials science super stories — stronger stuff

February 1, 2011

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Nova: Making Stuff — with David Pogue | What is the strongest material in the world? Is it steel, Kevlar, carbon nanotubes, or something entirely new? Nova kicks off the four-part series “Making Stuff” with a quest for the world’s strongest substances. Host David Pogue takes a look at what defines strength, examining everything from steel cables to mollusk shells to a toucan’s beak. Pogue travels from the deck of a U.S. naval aircraft carrier to a demolition derby to the country’s top research labs to check in with experts who are re-engineering what nature has given us to create the next generation of strong stuff.

The other programs in the “Making Stuff” series are “Smaller,” “Cleaner,” and “Smarter.”


Steel

 

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Toughness

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Kevlar

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Carbon Nanotubes

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Strength in Nature

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Spider’s Secret

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