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 28, 2013 | by Distillations Staff
On today's show we look at how delicate desert ecosystems are affected by climate change. Then the impact of toxic metals on Rocky Mountain streams.
Posted In: Environment | Technology
May 14, 2013 | by Distillations Staff
On today's show we look at the modern power grid, which is on the brink of important changes. First, why the smart grid matters. Then, the critical mission of Caltech's Solar Army.
Posted In: History | Technology
April 30, 2013 | by Distillations Staff
On today's show we look at questionable appearance enhancers. First the Beauty Historian shares some shocking beauty rituals of yore. Then a look at how Brazilian Blowouts are making salon workers sick.
Posted In: History | Society
April 16, 2013 | by Distillations Staff
On today's show we investigate the science beneath our streets. First how a team of amateur speleologists are keeping Howe Caverns safe. Then a look at Philadelphia's historic sewer system.
April 2, 2013 | by Distillations Staff
On today's show we learn how advances in urban agriculture are providing new access to fresh food. First how hundreds of tons of fishbones are cleaning up Oakland soil. Then tips on how to create your own backyard garden.
Posted In: Environment | History | Society | Technology
March 19, 2013 | by Distillations Staff
On today's show we see old bones made new again. First the ongoing restoration of Philadelphia's 19th Street Baptist Church. Then a discussion about what makes some old buildings greener than new ones.
March 5, 2013 | by Distillations Staff
On today's show chemistry takes center stage. First, why science and comedy make gut-busting bedfellows. Then the history of science as popular entertainment.
February 19, 2013 | by Distillations Staff
During decades of tension between the United States and the Soviet Union over the course of the Cold War, both sides wielded science as a weapon. Find out how on today's show.
Posted In: History | Society | Technology
February 5, 2013 | by Distillations Staff
Just in time for Valentine's Day we explore the sexier side of alchemy. Historian Joel Klein explains how alchemists used passionate prose to disguise the details of their secret experiments.
January 22, 2013 | by Distillations Staff
Today your taste buds take center stage. First, how super-tasters' genetic gift might afford them better health. Then the art of imitation flavors.
Posted In: History | Medicine | Society | Technology
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Merck litmus paper, 1934
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