Physical Science


Indestructible: Episode 2 53 min.

Scientists and engineers have created virtually indestructible versions of common materials by manipulating the chains of interlocking atoms that give them strength--but have they made them too tough? Host David Pogue explores the fantastic chemistry behind the everyday materials we depend on, and how the quest for durability can be balanced with products' environmental impact.

Formats: DVDStreaming Copyright Date: 2021

Live: Episode 3 53 min.

Without the chemistry of photosynthesis, ozone, and a molecule called Rubisco, none of us would be here. So how did we get so lucky? To find out, host David Pogue investigates the surprising molecules that allowed life on Earth to begin, and ultimately thrive. Along the way, he finds out what we're all made of--literally.

Formats: DVDStreaming Copyright Date: 2021

NOVA: Beyond the Elements 180 min.

Picking up where he left off in NOVA's popular special, Hunting the Elements, David Pogue sets out on a worldwide quest to find the key molecules and chemical reactions that have paved the way for human civilization, life, and even the universe as we know it. And along the way, he uncovers the simple principles that produce such a dizzying diversity of matter from elements on the periodic table.

Formats: DVDStreaming Copyright Date: 2021

Reactions: Episode 1 53 min.

Just about every solid, liquid or gas in the world begins with reactions between individual atoms and molecules. David Pogue dives into the transformative world of chemical reactions, from the complex formula that produces cement to the single reaction that's allowed farmers to feed a global population--a reaction that when reversed, unleashes the powerful chemistry of high explosives.

Formats: DVDStreaming Copyright Date: 2021

New! Signs of Life: Sky Candy 9 min.

Stuck on Earth, we have been able to learn many incredible things about the universe. We have even figured out that there is star dust in our blood. Once humans established this profound connection to the cosmos, the next question was obvious: if we are here, do others exist?

Formats: DVDStreaming Copyright Date: 2020

New! Ancient Objects: Sky Candy 9 min.

Globular clusters, spectacular assemblies of stars, sparkle like jewels at the galaxy’s edge. The smallest contain ten thousand stars, and the largest, ten million. Over time, gravity has pulled these stars into a ball shape. And now they glitter in the dusk, like dandelions gone to seed.

Formats: DVDStreaming Copyright Date: 2020

New! Beautiful Worlds: Sky Candy 10 min.

The wonders of our planet are myriad. But it is only as we look out that we begin to understand what really powers our perfect blue world. The Sun is in the center of it all, reaching out not just with gravity but energy into the space around it.

Formats: DVDStreaming Copyright Date: 2020

New! Chrysalis: Sky Candy 9 min.

There are stunning examples of giant molecular clouds all around the night sky. These spectacular concentrations of gas and dust and everything that will ever be foretell the genesis of something new, something profound. And the first chapter in the story of us.

Formats: DVDStreaming Copyright Date: 2020

New! Host City: Sky Candy 9 min.

The Milky Way is an ancient structure, forming out of the mists of the early universe. Its many brilliant vistas spark curiosity about the galaxy’s past, present and future. And as we piece together it’s dramatic story, we are also discovering our own.

Formats: DVDStreaming Copyright Date: 2020

New! Hubble on High: Sky Candy 10 min.

From the grand scale of spiral galaxies, to the fate of individual stars, the Hubble Space Telescope has captured countless scenes of drama and wonder. Science expected great things from Hubble, but no one could have predicted the larger effect that it would have on people.

Formats: DVDStreaming Copyright Date: 2020