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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June 4, 2010 | by Distillations Staff
Innovation can be messy work, and sometimes outright disastrous. This week on Distillations we’re looking at some of the 20th century’s most infamous scientific missteps.
Posted In: History | Medicine | Society
May 21, 2010 | by Distillations Staff
This week we’re digging into our archives and looking back at one of our first episodes of Distillations.
Posted In: Environment | Society
May 7, 2010 | by Distillations Staff
The future is now. Distillations, therefore, is pausing to compare what people once predicted the modern world would look like to the actual reality on the ground—and in the air.
Posted In: History | Medicine | Society | Technology
April 23, 2010 | by Distillations Staff
In honor of National Lab Day in May this episode focuses on the scientist in every kid.
Posted In: Society
April 9, 2010 | by Distillations Staff
April is National Poetry Month and Distillations is celebrating by looking at the connections between science and literature.
Posted In: History | Society
March 26, 2010 | by Distillations Staff
In early March 2010 the Chemical Heritage Foundation’s museum opened its newest temporary exhibit, Marvels and Ciphers: A Look Inside the Flask.
Posted In: History | Society | Technology
March 12, 2010 | by Distillations Staff
What’s better than recycling? Reducing waste! OK, maybe not better, but equally important. In this week’s episode of Distillations we learn about industrial-waste reduction.
February 26, 2010 | by Distillations Staff
Love it or hate it, plastic is hard to avoid. This week we take a look at plastic made from corn and find out just how biodegradable it really is.
Posted In: Environment | Society | Technology
February 12, 2010 | by Distillations Staff
On this week’s episode of Distillations we’re talking about what the nose knows. First up we learn about the nose itself—how it works and how losing your sense of smell can affect your day-to-day life.
Posted In: Society | Technology
January 29, 2010 | by Distillations Staff
Scientific discoveries can be dramatic tales of unexpected adventure. They can also be personal explorations of intuition and faith.
Explore the fascinating history of chemistry and the role science plays in the modern world at our museum in Philadelphia.
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