#HistChem Distillations explores aspects of humanity’s scientific and cultural legacy and asks the question, “How did we get here.” 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 they’ll guide us through engaging topics about history, technology, and science.
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November 12, 2010 | by Distillations Staff
This week we continue our 4-part series about earth, air, water, and fire. Today’s episode is about fire and how humans have tried to protect themselves from it.
Posted In: Environment | Technology
October 22, 2010 | by Distillations Staff
This week we continue our 4-part series about earth, air, water, and fire. Today’s episode is about water and the many ways to ensure it is potable.
Posted In: Environment | Society | Technology
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.
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 7, 2010 | by Distillations Staff
The future is now. Distillations, therefore, is pausing to compare what people once predicted the modern world would look like to the actual reality on the ground—and in the air.
Posted In: History | Medicine | Society | Technology
March 26, 2010 | by Distillations Staff
In early March 2010 the Chemical Heritage Foundation’s museum opened its newest temporary exhibit, Marvels and Ciphers: A Look Inside the Flask.
Posted In: History | Society | Technology
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.
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 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.
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