The Secret to Making Gorilla Glass — Gorilla Glass isn’t unbreakable. But it’s twice as durable as regular glass — at half the thickness.
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Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the giant molecules that form the basis of all life. Macromolecules, also known as polymers, are long chains of atoms which form the proteins that make up our bodies, as well as many of the materials of modern life. We’ve only known about macromolecules for just over a century, so what is the story behind them and how might they change our lives in the future? Melvyn Bragg is joined by Athene Donald, Professor of Experimental Physics at the University of Cambridge; Charlotte Williams, Reader in Polymer Chemistry and Catalysis at Imperial College London and Tony Ryan, Pro-Vice Chancellor for the Faculty of Science at the University of Sheffield.
The Kaiser’s Chemist: Fritz Haber — Fritz Haber has a mixed legacy. The Nobel-Prize-winning Father of Chemical Warfare was responsible for fertilizers that fed billions, as well as poisonous gasses used during World War I. Tune in to learn more about Fritz’s complicated life and work.
The AMC drama Breaking Bad stars Bryan Cranston as Walter White, a high school chemistry teacher who has fallen into some financial trouble. When White learns he has terminal lung cancer, something inside him snaps, and he decides to use his familiarity with lab equipment to provide for his medical expenses as well as his family’s future: He teams up with a former student, played by Aaron Paul, and starts dealing crystal meth.
Breaking Bad was created by Vince Gilligan, who previously worked as a producer and writer on The X-Files. He tells Fresh Air’s Terry Gross that he isn’t quite sure where the idea for his critically acclaimed show came from.
"I suspect it had something to do with the fact that when I came up with the idea for Breaking Bad, I was about to turn 40 years old, and perhaps I was thinking in terms of an impending midlife crisis," he says. "To that end, I think Walter White, in the early seasons, is a man who is suffering from perhaps the world’s worst midlife crisis."
Because Walter’s midlife crisis involves cooking and distributing meth, Gilligan had to learn a lot about chemistry — and the drug trade — to convincingly write the show’s dialogue.
How Silly Putty Works — When the Japanese invaded Southeast Asia in World War II, they cut off America’s rubber supply. Luckily, American can-do created a synthetic rubber and saved the War. Learn about the inventor, fluid chemistry and more in this episode of SYSK.
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Sam Kean got turned on by the stories in chemistry class.
Not the math and test tubes, but the yarns.
Of Gandhi and Godzilla. Of Nebuchadnezzar and his Hanging Gardens.
Of history and alchemy and mythology. Of literature and psychology and the forensics of poison.
Now that’s some human chemistry! And it all goes back to the elements.
Gold, silver, mercury, manganese. Hydrogen and caesium and ununquadium.
The table of the periodic elements, he says, is a map of the fundament of the world. And to great stories.
This hour On Point: human chemistry, and the elements.
Theodore Gray: On friday July 19, 2002 I was a guest on NPR’s Science Friday radio show.
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