radioactive

INDEPENDENT LENS
Containment

 

Toxic remnants from the Cold War remain in millions of gallons of highly radioactive sludge, thousands of acres of radioactive land and tens of thousands of unused hot buildings, some of which are slowly spreading deltas of contaminated ground water. Governments around the world, desperate to protect future generations, have begun imagining society 10,000 years from now in order to create warning monuments that will speak across time to mark waste repositories. Filmed in Fukushima, in weapons plants, and in a deep underground burial site, the film is part graphic novel and part observational essay, weaving between an uneasy present and an imaginative, troubled distant future, exploring the struggle to keep waste confined over millennia.

 

THE MYSTERY OF MATTER: SEARCH FOR THE ELEMENTS – Into The Atom (1910-1960)

THE MYSTERY OF MATTER: Into The Atom (1910-1960)

 

This series is about one of the great adventures in the history of science: the long, continuing quest to understand what the world is made of. Join host Michael Emerson to see not only what scientific explorers discovered, but also how.

 

Into The Atom (1910-1960)
Caught up in the race to discover the atom’s internal parts, Harry Moseley uses newly discovered X-rays to put the periodic table in a whole new light. Glenn Seaborg creates a new element – plutonium – that changes the world.

 

URANIUM:
Twisting the Dragon’s Tail, Part 2 of 2

 

Host and physicist Dr. Derek Muller unlocks the mysteries of uranium, one of the Earth’s most controversial elements. Dr. Muller embarks on a journey across the globe to explain the fascinating details of uranium’s birth and longevity. Born from the collapse of a star, uranium has brought hope, progress and destruction. It has revolutionized society, from medicine to warfare. It is an element that has profoundly shaped the past, will change the future and will exist long after humans have left the Earth. Filmed on five continents, this two-part program reveals the cultural, scientific and natural history of the most wondrous and terrifying rock on Earth.

 

THE MYSTERY OF MATTER: SEARCH FOR THE ELEMENTS – Unruly Elements

 

This series is about one of the great adventures in the history of science: the long, continuing quest to understand what the world is made of. Join host Michael Emerson to see not only what scientific explorers discovered, but also how.

Unruly Elements (1859-1902)
Dmitri Mendeleev invents the periodic table, bringing order to the elements. This order is shattered when Marie Curie discovers radioactivity, revealing that elements can change identities and that atoms contain undiscovered parts.

 

URANIUM:
Twisting the Dragon’s Tail, Part 1 of 2

 

Host and physicist Dr. Derek Muller unlocks the mysteries of uranium, one of the Earth’s most controversial elements. Dr. Muller embarks on a journey across the globe to explain the fascinating details of uranium’s birth and longevity. Born from the collapse of a star, uranium has brought hope, progress and destruction. It has revolutionized society, from medicine to warfare. It is an element that has profoundly shaped the past, will change the future and will exist long after humans have left the Earth. Filmed on five continents, this two-part program reveals the cultural, scientific and natural history of the most wondrous and terrifying rock on Earth.