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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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.
Posted In: History | Society | Technology
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.
September 5, 2008 | by Distillations Staff
In the eleventh century the first camera obscura was invented, helping artists draw. It would be another eight centuries before people figured out how to capture images directly onto film.
August 22, 2008 | by Distillations Staff
We continue to look back at some of our favorite episodes this week at Distillations.
Posted In: History | Medicine | Society
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Bakelite, 20th century
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