NOTE: These are the episodes VideoNeat recommends.
HowStuffWorks is about the stuff that makes the world go ’round. It’s truly incredible to see the ingenious lengths people go to in order to extract rubber and iron, corn and wheat, and water and salt from the earth. Equally amazing is the number of different and varied products that can be derived from something so fundamental. Follow the incredible journey of these goods from the ground to your dinner table, car, closet, medicine cabinet and places you may have never imagined.
How Stuff Works looks at the production and applications of corn and corn related products like plastic, whiskey, Xanthan gum, and ethanol.
Water is really cool. It’s powerful enough to cut through steel, and yet we drink it and bathe in it. See how water works, from photosynthesis and hydration of the human body to hydroelectric power generation and high-speed water jet cutting. The show follows the path of water from Canada’s Athabasca Glacier, through the Colorado River and Hoover Dam, sprayed onto the fertile but dry fields of California, surging inside a 19th Century steam locomotive, and in the clouds above West Texas as we see cloud seeding in action.
How Stuff Works examines wheat from how it is grown and stored to how it is used in food and industry.
How Stuff Works looks at salt and examines where it comes from, how it is used as a preservative, why it is necessary for life, how it is used in industry, and why it is dangerous.