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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January 15, 2010 | by Distillations Staff
Whether it’s preventing illness by vaccines or avoiding germs, this episode is about getting sick and staying healthy.
Posted In: Medicine | Society
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.
Posted In: Environment | Society | Technology
November 20, 2009 | by Distillations Staff
In this episode of Distillations we clarify common misconceptions about food.
Posted In: Society
October 23, 2009 | by Distillations Staff
Autumn! Learn about leaf changes, the three sisters, and apple cider. Chemical Agent: Senescence.
Posted In: Environment | Society
October 9, 2009 | by Distillations Staff
Everything falls into one of three phases of matter: solid, liquid, or gas. Or does it?
September 25, 2009 | by Distillations Staff
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.
Posted In: History | Society
September 11, 2009 | by Distillations Staff
Every year the Chemical Heritage Foundation holds Innovation Day—an event for people to get together to discuss and learn about science’s exciting new technologies. In this episode we take a look at innovations—the natural kind and the man-made kind.
Posted In: Medicine | Society | Technology
August 28, 2009 | by Distillations Staff
In honor of Labor Day this episode of Distillations looks at how chemistry has affected the work of a variety of professionals—for better or worse.
August 14, 2009 | by Distillations Staff
Distillations is sharing more of our favorite episodes this week: free radicals, art forgery, and snoring.
July 31, 2009 | by Distillations Staff
It’s almost the end of the summer; so the Distillations crew is taking a look back at some of our favorite episodes this week: panspermia, umami, and pheromone perfumes.
Beam Source, ca. 1985
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