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Distillations Podcast

#HistChem Distillations explores aspects of humanity’s scientific and cultural legacy and asks the question, “How did we get here.” 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 they’ll guide us through engaging topics about history, technology, and science.


Episode 90: Useful Waste

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.

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Posted In: History | Society

Episode 89: Plastic World

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.

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Episode 88: A Sense of Scent

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.

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Posted In: Society | Technology

Episode 87: Scientific Journeys

Scientific discoveries can be dramatic tales of unexpected adventure. They can also be personal explorations of intuition and faith.

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Episode 86: In Sickness and in Health

Whether it’s preventing illness by vaccines or avoiding germs, this episode is about getting sick and staying healthy.

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Posted In: Medicine | Society

Episode 85: International Year in Review

Another year has come and gone, but the impact of scientific discoveries made and concerns raised will be felt in 2010 and beyond.

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Episode 84: Crystals

There are many different types of crystals we encounter, ranging from tiny to extremely large in size.

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Episode 83: Fellows in Action

What do Isaac Newton, yeast, and Harold Urey have in common? They all come under the research microscope of Chemical Heritage Foundation fellows. 

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Episode 82: Food Myths

In this episode of Distillations we clarify common misconceptions about food.

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Posted In: Society

Episode 81: Light

Let there be light! Whether it comes from the sky or a bulb, we’d be lost without it.

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