Lab featured on NOVA's 'Hunting the Elements'

Apr. 5, 2012

Lab featured on NOVA's 'Hunting the Elements'

The Laboratory was recently featured on NOVA's "Hunting the Elements," a two-hour special from the producers of the "Making Stuff" series hosted by David Pogue, technology correspondent of The New York Times .

Pogue spins viewers through the world of weird, extreme chemistry: the strongest acids, the deadliest poisons, the universe's most abundant elements, and the rarest of the rare -- substances cooked up in atom smashers that flicker into existence for only fractions of a second.

The Lab's Center for Accelerator Mass Spectrometry is featured as the scientists there use isotopes of carbon to date ancient items as well as identify some of the causes of global warming.

The National Ignition Facility section focused on the use of hydrogen in an attempt to create fusion energy.

Lab heavy element guru Ken Moody also is featured and talks about the process of discovering the heaviest elements known to man.

To view the program, go to NOVA .