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by Sam Kean | in Keanium
John Hughes worked his way through uncounted pig brains to find the human body’s natural painkiller.
by Daniel A. Gross | in Uncovered
Discover the age of “prophetic chemistry,” a time when chemists dreamed of new foods.
by Iain P. Watts | in People
During the Napoleonic Wars one man in particular kept scientific knowledge flowing between enemies.
by Jacob Roberts | in CHF Collections
A story of horror, deadly medicine, and the Ku Klux Klan.
by Donna Bilak | in Stuff
Designers of the 1950s took up the atom and turned it into a fashion icon.
by Jennifer Weeks | in Reviews
Jennifer Weeks visits Boston’s Museum of Science to discover how personal data are being used.
by Bruce J. Hunt | in Reviews
Bruce J. Hunt takes a tour through the history of radioisotopes, used to study and treat disease and to unlock the secrets of DNA and photosynthesis.
by Carsten Reinhardt | in Reviews
Carsten Reinhardt investigates Carl Djerassi’s latest autobiography and finds not just a scientist but a fiction writer.
by Michal Meyer | in Reviews
Michal Meyer visits the Mütter Museum and learns just how much the Civil War affected medicine.
by James R. Voelkel | in Explainer
James Voelkel, CHF’s rare-books curator, delves into the details of old illustration techniques.
Wetzlar microscope, 1920s
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