Distillations explores the human stories behind science and technology, tracing a path through history in order to better understand the present. Our hosts are Michal Meyer, historian of science and editor in chief of Chemical Heritage magazine, and Bob Kenworthy, CHF’s in-house chemist. Each month we examine the intersections of culture, history, and material science.
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October 8, 2010 | by Distillations Staff
In this week’s episode we pay tribute to the periodic table. We talk to Sam Kean, author of the best-selling book The Disappearing Spoon; hear an excerpt from Primo Levi’s book, The Periodic Table; and introduce a competition you should enter!
Posted In: History | Society
September 24, 2010 | by Distillations Staff
This week we begin our 4-part series about earth, air, water, and fire. Today’s episode is about earth and the Marcellus Shale.
Posted In: Environment | History
September 10, 2010 | by Distillations Staff
Before pharmaceuticals existed, all medicines had to come from natural sources—like plants. On this week’s show we focus on such remedies.
Posted In: Environment | History | Medicine
August 27, 2010 | by Distillations Staff
We continue to bring you some of our favorite segments from past Distillations episodes this week: Senescence, Richard Holmes, and Boy Rocketeer.
Posted In: Environment | History | Technology
August 13, 2010 | by Distillations Staff
This month Distillations takes a step back to bring you some of our favorite segments from past episodes: Glenn Seaborg, the Three Sisters, and Living with Illness.
Posted In: History | Medicine | Society
July 30, 2010 | by Distillations Staff
Distillations marks our 100th episode this week! To celebrate, we revisit segments from some of our past shows and bring you new developments.
Posted In: Environment | Society | Technology
July 27, 2010 | by Distillations Staff
CHF’s award-winning science podcast hits a milestone.
Posted In: Society
July 16, 2010 | by Distillations Staff
Halfway through July, we are just about in the middle of summer. So we thought it would be appropriate to talk about meat and barbecuing in this week’s episode of Distillations.
July 2, 2010 | by Distillations Staff
As atmospheric carbon dioxide increases, does the world have to get hotter? Controlling the earth’s weather and climate is this week’s topic.
June 18, 2010 | by Distillations Staff
If you could live forever, would you? Though most believe this to be a hypothetical question, there are some scientific processes that impart eternal life, or something like that, to actual creatures on earth.
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RCA electron microscope, 1950
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