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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September 24, 2010 | by Distillations Staff
This week we begin our 4-part series about earth, air, water, and fire. Today’s episode is about earth and the Marcellus Shale.
Posted In: Environment | History
September 10, 2010 | by Distillations Staff
Before pharmaceuticals existed, all medicines had to come from natural sources—like plants. On this week’s show we focus on such remedies.
Posted In: Environment | History | Medicine
August 27, 2010 | by Distillations Staff
We continue to bring you some of our favorite segments from past Distillations episodes this week: Senescence, Richard Holmes, and Boy Rocketeer.
Posted In: Environment | History | Technology
July 30, 2010 | by Distillations Staff
Distillations marks our 100th episode this week! To celebrate, we revisit segments from some of our past shows and bring you new developments.
Posted In: Environment | Society | Technology
July 2, 2010 | by Distillations Staff
As atmospheric carbon dioxide increases, does the world have to get hotter? Controlling the earth’s weather and climate is this week’s topic.
May 21, 2010 | by Distillations Staff
This week we’re digging into our archives and looking back at one of our first episodes of Distillations.
Posted In: Environment | Society
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.
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.
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
Explore the fascinating history of chemistry and the role science plays in the modern world at our museum in Philadelphia.
Geologic sample of fluorite
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