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One element is the backbone of all forms of life weve ever discovered on Earth: carbon. Number six on the periodic table is, to the best of our knowledge, impossible to live without. In this episode of Reactions, discover what makes carbon so exceptional, its nearly infinite capabilities, and potential intergalactic implications.


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Credits:
Producer: Kirk Zameiroski
Writer: Kirk Zameiroski
Scientific Consultants: Nick Hud, PhD
Executive Producer: George Zaidan

Music:
Mako Yama - Cloud Sculpture

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