Distillations Magazine

Fall 2015 | Volume 1, Number 3


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Also In This Issue

The Science of Satisfaction

The history and science behind umami, the fifth element of taste.

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Telling Secrets

Alex Wellerstein introduces us to the strange world of nuclear secrecy.

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The French Connection

Inventor Charles Babbage drew inspiration from an unusual source for his analytical engine.

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Tryals and Tribulations

Doctors battle for supremacy in the 17th century.

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Turf Wars

In the 1960s chemists created artificial turf. But are synthetic fields better than natural grass?

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Up, Up, and Away

Learning to fly a lead balloon.

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Packed Full of Questions

The discovery of vitamins in the early 20th century opened the gates to the flood of dietary supplements we have today. The result has been the marketing of nutritional anxieties against a backdrop of minimal regulation.

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Let There Be Light

The story of electricity, danger, nationalism, advertising, and pollution in the lighting of the United States.

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Meet the Molecules

Theodore Gray takes the next step up from atoms.

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