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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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.
Posted In: History | Society
January 15, 2010 | by Distillations Staff
Whether it’s preventing illness by vaccines or avoiding germs, this episode is about getting sick and staying healthy.
Posted In: Medicine | Society
January 1, 2010 | by Distillations Staff
Another year has come and gone, but the impact of scientific discoveries made and concerns raised will be felt in 2010 and beyond.
December 18, 2009 | by Distillations Staff
There are many different types of crystals we encounter, ranging from tiny to extremely large in size.
Posted In: Environment | History | Technology
December 4, 2009 | by Distillations Staff
What do Isaac Newton, yeast, and Harold Urey have in common? They all come under the research microscope of Chemical Heritage Foundation fellows.
Posted In: History | Technology
November 20, 2009 | by Distillations Staff
In this episode of Distillations we clarify common misconceptions about food.
Posted In: Society
November 6, 2009 | by Distillations Staff
Let there be light! Whether it comes from the sky or a bulb, we’d be lost without it.
Posted In: Environment | History | Medicine | Technology
October 23, 2009 | by Distillations Staff
Autumn! Learn about leaf changes, the three sisters, and apple cider. Chemical Agent: Senescence.
Posted In: Environment | Society
Explore the fascinating history of chemistry and the role science plays in the modern world at our museum in Philadelphia.
Joseph Priestley statue
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