Carbon atoms are not only the building blocks of all life forms including human beings, but also serve to be the keystone of modern technology.
Properties and specific characteristics of carbon determines how a simple element burns hotter, cuts deeper, dies harder, insulates more thoroughly, and absorbs more fully than any other material. It can be safely said that carbon is the basis of modern technology given that Carbon can be transformed into diamonds, coal, carbon fiber race cars and even graphite pencils.
This documentary also explains why “activated carbon” is the material of choice for absorbing everything from toxic heavy metals in drinking water to shoe odors. Even NASA uses carbon aerogel, which is the lightest, most insulating substance in the world to explore carbon based life forms.