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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October 9, 2009 | by Distillations Staff
Everything falls into one of three phases of matter: solid, liquid, or gas. Or does it?
Posted In: Society
September 25, 2009 | by Distillations Staff
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.
Posted In: History | Society
September 11, 2009 | by Distillations Staff
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.
Posted In: Medicine | Society | Technology
August 28, 2009 | by Distillations Staff
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.
August 14, 2009 | by Distillations Staff
Distillations is sharing more of our favorite episodes this week: free radicals, art forgery, and snoring.
July 31, 2009 | by Distillations Staff
It’s almost the end of the summer; so the Distillations crew is taking a look back at some of our favorite episodes this week: panspermia, umami, and pheromone perfumes.
July 17, 2009 | by Distillations Staff
Birth, once nature's miracle, is increasingly manipulated by humans and regulated by society. In this week’s episode we look at a range of reproductive technologies and the implications of their use. Chemical Agent: Luteinizing Hormone.
July 3, 2009 | by Distillations Staff
Location, location, location! In this week’s episode we talk about why and how certain spaces are chosen and used. Chemical Agent: Bromine.
Posted In: Environment | Society | Technology
June 19, 2009 | by Distillations Staff
Rise and Shine! Today we look at some of the most essential elements of a satisfying breakfast.
June 5, 2009 | by Distillations Staff
Distillations takes a look at the history and chemistry of dentistry. We find out how baking soda cleans your teeth and lidocaine numbs your gums.
Posted In: Medicine | Society
Explore the fascinating history of chemistry and the role science plays in the modern world at our museum in Philadelphia.
Geologic sample of Tourmaline
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