Distillations podcast 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, a historian of science and editor in chief of Distillations magazine, and Bob Kenworthy, CHF’s in-house chemist. Each month we explore stories from the intersection of science, culture, and history.
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February 6, 2009 | by Distillations Staff
Space, the Final Frontier! Mention the chemistry of space and you’re likely to hear bad jokes about Tang or the behavior of liquids in zero gravity. But it turns out that there’s an entire field—astrochemistry—dedicated to understanding the chemistry of the universe. Chemical Agent: Panspermia.
Posted In: History | Technology
January 30, 2009 | by Distillations Staff
Today Distillations is finding out more about professional networks—particularly in the field of chemistry.
Posted In: History | Society | Technology
January 16, 2009 | by Distillations Staff
Distillations is taking a look at the presidential side of chemistry. First we learn about stem cells and the controversy surrounding their research. Next we find out why 21-gun salutes are safe and not so smoky in Mystery Solved!
Posted In: Environment | History | Medicine | Society
January 9, 2009 | by Distillations Staff
Let’s go to the library! This week we take a field trip to that venerable institution where great reading abounds and shushing up is de rigueur.
Posted In: History | Society
December 26, 2008 | by Distillations Staff
We are marking the one year anniversary of Distillations this week! To celebrate we’re looking back at the year 2008 and its noteworthy occasions: first, boron, whose 200th birthday was this year, then, the Nobel Prize.
October 17, 2008 | by Distillations Staff
This week we celebrate the opening of the Chemical Heritage Foundation’s new museum!
October 10, 2008 | by Distillations Staff
There’s nothing quite like a good night’s rest to recharge the body and restore the spirits. Today’s show looks at the science of sleep—and insomnia.
October 3, 2008 | by Distillations Staff
According to Newton’s third law, “For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction.” In this week’s episode we explore causes and their effects in several different ways.
September 26, 2008 | by Distillations Staff
Breaking through the glass ceiling can be tough, especially when you are a woman in a traditionally male-dominated field. This week’s episode takes a look at women in chemistry.
September 19, 2008 | by Distillations Staff
This week we delve into the world of experimenting on oneself. Many scientists have both knowingly and unknowingly used themselves as guinea pigs in the lab.
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