Copper is the only metal besides gold that has a distinctive natural color. Other metals are either gray or white.
In the 1450's, Johannes Gutenburg used lead to create the first metal movable type, give the masses access to books. He is reported to have stated, "Give me 26 soldiers of lead, and I will conquer the world."
More steel in the United States is used to make bottle caps than to manufacture automobile bodies.
The accident at the Chernobyl reactor released about 400 times as much radiation as the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima.
Narrator: They're everywhere, in our home, our cars, our very bodies. They sustain modern life and are essential to every advanced tool built by human beings. They can take us to the heavens or destroy us. Now: Heavy Metals, on Modern Marvels.
Dennis Manos, PhD
Physicist, College of William & Mary
Rick Smith, MFA
Metalsmith, Southern Illinois University
Blacksmith, Colonial Williamsburg
Nuclear Fuels, Entergy Nuclear
George A. Williams
Vice President, Entergy Nuclear
Engineer, Grand Gulf Nuclear Station
Dan O'Laurie Museum of Moab
Product Applications, Mittal Steel
Historic Trades, Colonial Williamsburg
Mill Manager, Doe Run
Mine Superintendent, Doe Run
Driller, Doe Run
Doe Run Resource Recycling
Manager, Horsehead Corporation
Vice President, Young Galvanizing
Manager, Bingham Canyon Mine
Plant Manager, Cerro Wire & Cable Company
Director, Alcoa Howmet Research Center