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Distillations Podcast

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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Episode 96: Infamous Science

Innovation can be messy work, and sometimes outright disastrous. This week on Distillations we’re looking at some of the 20th century’s most infamous scientific missteps.

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Posted In: History | Medicine | Society

Episode 94: Scientific Visions

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.

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Episode 92: Scientific Collaborations

April is National Poetry Month and Distillations is celebrating by looking at the connections between science and literature.

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Episode 91: Marvels and Ciphers

In early March 2010 the Chemical Heritage Foundation’s museum opened its newest temporary exhibit, Marvels and Ciphers: A Look Inside the Flask.

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Episode 90: Useful Waste

What’s better than recycling? Reducing waste! OK, maybe not better, but equally important. In this week’s episode of Distillations we learn about industrial-waste reduction.

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Episode 87: Scientific Journeys

Scientific discoveries can be dramatic tales of unexpected adventure. They can also be personal explorations of intuition and faith.

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Episode 84: Crystals

There are many different types of crystals we encounter, ranging from tiny to extremely large in size.

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Episode 83: Fellows in Action

What do Isaac Newton, yeast, and Harold Urey have in common? They all come under the research microscope of Chemical Heritage Foundation fellows. 

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Posted In: History | Technology

Episode 81: Light

Let there be light! Whether it comes from the sky or a bulb, we’d be lost without it.

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Episode 78: Public Science

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.

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