Why is Carbon the Key to Life (On Earth, Anyway)

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Reactions Science Videos | May 21, 2019

One element is the backbone of all forms of life we’ve 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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