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Distillations Podcast

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.

 

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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Posted In: History | Technology

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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Episode 80: Autumn

Autumn! Learn about leaf changes, the three sisters, and apple cider. Chemical Agent: Senescence.

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Posted In: Environment | Society

Episode 79: Changing Phases

Everything falls into one of three phases of matter: solid, liquid, or gas. Or does it? 

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Posted In: Society

Episode 78: Public Science

Science isn’t some exalted ideal confined to labs and classrooms—it’s all around us. In this episode we share different ways that scientists have reached out to educate and enlighten the masses.

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Posted In: History | Society

Episode 77: Innovations and Inventions

Every year the Chemical Heritage Foundation holds Innovation Day—an event for people to get together to discuss and learn about science’s exciting new technologies. In this episode we take a look at innovations—the natural kind and the man-made kind.

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Posted In: Medicine | Society | Technology

Episode 76: Working Class Chemistry

In honor of Labor Day this episode of Distillations looks at how chemistry has affected the work of a variety of professionals—for better or worse.

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Posted In: History | Society