Published: December 22, 2017
Total Running Time: 00:23:00
Brittle, gray manganese is a transition metal that lends its strength to steel and other alloys and shows its colors in a variety of oxidation states. An essential element for life, manganese plays a key role in producing oxygen during photosynthesis and helps our cells metabolize proteins, fats, and carbohydrates. While we maintain a balance of around twelve milligrams of manganese in our bodies, absorbing too much of the metal proves toxic. Join Exploratorium host and raconteur Ron Hipschman for tales of manganese-related intrigue as part of our After Dark series Everything Matters.
In the spirit of amplifying the Black Lives Matter movement and to avoid any appearance of having appropriated that title, our series of talks formerly called Everything Matters: Tales from the Periodic Table will now be called, simply, Tales from the Periodic Table. Please excuse the former title on videos made in the past.