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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December 26, 2008 | by Distillations Staff
We are marking the one year anniversary of Distillations this week! To celebrate we’re looking back at the year 2008 and its noteworthy occasions: first, boron, whose 200th birthday was this year, then, the Nobel Prize.
Posted In: History | Society | Technology
December 12, 2008 | by Distillations Staff
The truth behind the fake—this week Distillations explores the science of forgery. Some forgery is known and expected, such as fake meat products for vegetarians, while other fakes are meant to deceive…think imitated artists.
Posted In: Society | Technology
October 17, 2008 | by Distillations Staff
This week we celebrate the opening of the Chemical Heritage Foundation’s new museum!
August 22, 2008 | by Distillations Staff
This week we’re looking back at some of our favorite Distillations episodes.
August 15, 2008 | by Distillations Staff
Addicted to the Olympics? Take a break from too much video with 12 minutes of audio. On today’s show, we investigate Olympic mysteries, from the flame of the torch to the composition of those so-called gold medals.
August 8, 2008 | by Distillations Staff
This week we discuss the chemistry behind what we wear. Many modern fabrics include synthetic materials , and these synthetics would not be possible without chemistry.
August 1, 2008 | by Distillations Staff
We’re rather fond of chemistry here at Distillations, but even we have to admit that not everyone who’s interested in chemistry is inspired purely by a love of science. On today’s show we explore the uses of chemistry on either side of the law
July 4, 2008 | by Distillations Staff
Chemistry has been part of the American experience ever since the settlers at Jamestown built a lab for blowing glass and assaying metal (you can learn more on our Jamestown episode). Today we celebrate the 4th of July with a tribute to American scientific and technological achievements—and we’ve thrown in some fireworks, just for fun.
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.
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.
Explore the fascinating history of chemistry and the role science plays in the modern world at our museum in Philadelphia.
Merck litmus paper, 1934
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