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  • 2015-08-09T21:30:00+10:00
  • 51 mins
  • 1 hour, 56 mins
  • Australia
  • English
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In Northern Australia the indigenous people have ancient stories for the place where the uranium is found. They say a great creation spirit sleeps underground, and disturbing this spirit will unleash disaster. Dr Derek Muller takes us on a remarkable journey to see how from the ashes of Hiroshima, uranium promised a new age. The same power that destroyed the city will be harnessed to generate limitless energy and treat cancer. We had tickled the nuclear dragon, woken the spirit beneath the Earth, and disaster was waiting.

3 episodes

1x01 The Rock That Became a Bomb

  • Series Premiere

    2015-07-28T21:30:00+10:00 — 58 mins

Born from the collapse of a star, uranium has brought hope, progress and destruction. It has revolutionised 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.

1x02 The Rock That Changed the World

  • 2015-07-29T21:30:00+10:00 — 58 mins

Unlock 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 revolutionised society, from medicine to warfare.

1x03 The Rock in Our Future

  • no air date — 51 mins

Uranium saves lives, treats cancer and brings hope to millions. Uranium was also a promise of clean limitless power. In a remarkable and haunting journey, Dr Derek Muller takes us to Chernobyl and Fukushima, where uranium became a nightmare. In our energy hungry, warming world, uranium both tempts with unbelievable power and threatens all life on earth. Destroyer and saviour, dream and nightmare: the extraordinary paradox of uranium.

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