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Nitrogen | Everything Matters | Tales from the Periodic Table | Exploratorium

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Quiet, nitrogen occupies some 78% of our atmosphere. Cleaving atom to atom in a triple-bonded embrace, atmospheric nitrogen keeps to itself, unreactive and of little use unless sundered by lightning, or unstitched by underground microbes busily “fixing” it to beneficial compounds that are essential to plant growth. Once absorbed or consumed, nitrogen becomes a necessary component of amino and nucleic acids, interlacing proteins, RNA, and DNA. Join Exploratorium scientist Alex Pingis as he explores some of the aspects of Nitrogren, and specifically, Nitrous Oxide. To learn more about the Everything Matters: Tales from the Periodic Table series, please visit: http://www.exploratorium.edu/visit/calendar/everything-matters-tales-periodic-table