Engineer Jem Stansfield looks back through the Horizon archives to find out how scientists have come to understand and manipulate the materials that built the modern world. Whether it's uncovering new materials or finding fresh uses for those we've known about for centuries, each breakthrough offers a tantalising glimpse of the holy grail of materials science - a substance that's cheap to produce and has the potential to change our world. Jem explores how a series of extraordinary advances have done just that - from superconductors to the silicon revolution.
Miguel is 40 years old and has his great share of the usual problems. His body is starting to give signs of rebellion against a life that is full of unrestraints, he is separated from his wife and he got himself involved with another woman that gives him nothing but troubles, he has no time for his son, he is having lots of problems in his job and his bank account is down to zero. In short, his whole life is falling apart. However, a last blow of energy makes him decide to make a change. Deep inside, he thinks, all he wants is to lead a normal life. Unfortunately for him a normal life is the most difficult thing in the world.