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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May 30, 2008 | by Distillations Staff
There are four fundamental qualities: time, length, mass, and temperature. All other units can be derived from them, but these four can’t be broken down any further. This week we focus on time—the measurement that orders our lives.
Posted In: Society | Technology
May 23, 2008 | 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: Society
May 16, 2008 | by Distillations Staff
Entropy is defined as the degree of disorder in a system, and according to the Second Law of Thermodynamics entropy is always increasing. Preservation is a way that humans are trying to beat entropy, and this week we look at why and how we preserve.
Posted In: History | Medicine
May 9, 2008 | by Distillations Staff
Blogs, YouTube, Facebook, and wikis are just a few of so-called Web 2.0 technologies that are transforming the look and feel of science on the Web.
May 2, 2008 | by Distillations Staff
Sound is often thought to be a science of physics, but on today’s show we consider its chemistry.
April 25, 2008 | by Distillations Staff
Tuesday, April 22 was Earth Day. Amid all the hubbub about “going green,” it’s a fair question to ask how much power individual consumers have to reduce their environmental impact.
Posted In: History | Society
April 11, 2008 | by Distillations Staff
Semiconductors are at the heart of countless electronic devices. Although we often think of Silicon Valley as being built on computer chips, the companies that make the chips often depend upon materials and equipment manufacturers who build the component parts. On today’s show we explore some of the unheralded companies that have made the Digital Revolution possible.
Jamestown celebrated its 400th anniversary last year. Many people may know that it was the first permanent English settlement in North America, but less commonly known is that Jamestown was also the birthplace of the American chemical enterprise.
March 28, 2008 | by Distillations Staff
Science has long been a component of warfare, and in this week’s episode we look at how it has played a part in both destruction and preservation during times of war.
In today’s show we take a closer look at vitamins, the tiny substances that are vital to our health.
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