Uranium Twisting the Dragon's Tail

Host and physicist Dr. Derek Muller unlocks the mysteries of uranium, one of the Earth’s most controversial elements. 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.

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Mutually Assured Destruction

05:11

See how uranium makes weapons that could end all life on Earth possible.



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Uranium Does Something Incredible

03:07

Learn about the power of uranium to spontaneously change its atomic structure.

Into Pripyat Hospital in Chernobyl

04:06

Travel into the radioactive basement of Pripyat Hospital in the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone.

A Radioactive Bath

02:45

Dr. Derek Muller visits a radon spa in the Czech Republic to take a radioactive bath.

Born in the Death of a Star

02:34

Uranium was forged in the explosion of a star some six billion years ago.