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September 2012
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Explore The Materials That Will Shape Our Future

Hosted by The New York Times technology columnist David Pogue, this groundbreaking series focuses on the personal qualities that underlie the process of invention — the visionary talent, sheer luck and dogged determination that turn a wild idea into a cutting-edge material.

Starting this Wednesday with back-to-back episodes, NOVA: Making Stuff is a four-hour series that takes viewers on a thrilling tour of the material world we live in, and the one that may lie ahead – offering viewers a behind-the-scenes look at scientific innovations that are ushering in a new generation of materials that are stronger, smaller, smarter, and cleaner than anything we've ever seen.

Making Stuff Stronger and Making Stuff Smaller air this Wednesday starting at 8 p.m. Check out the episode descriptions below and be sure to tune in!


Making Stuff Stronger: What is the world’s strongest material? From steel to Kevlar and spider silk to carbon nanotubes, Pogue looks at the ways in which science and nature work to make strong stuff.

Making Stuff Smaller: Here in the information age, smaller is better: transistors, Pogue takes us to an even smaller world, as he profiles the latest in high-powered nano-circuits and micro-robots that may one day hold the key to saving lives and building materials from the ground up.

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