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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 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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Posted In: History | Society

Episode 89: Plastic World

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.

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Episode 88: A Sense of Scent

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.

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Posted In: Society | Technology

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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Posted In: History | Society

Episode 86: In Sickness and in Health

Whether it’s preventing illness by vaccines or avoiding germs, this episode is about getting sick and staying healthy.

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Posted In: Medicine | Society

Episode 85: International Year in Review

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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Episode 82: Food Myths

In this episode of Distillations we clarify common misconceptions about food.

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Episode 80: Autumn

Autumn! Learn about leaf changes, the three sisters, and apple cider. Chemical Agent: Senescence.

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Posted In: Environment | Society

Episode 79: Changing Phases

Everything falls into one of three phases of matter: solid, liquid, or gas. Or does 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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Posted In: History | Society

The Museum at CHF

The Museum at CHF

Explore the fascinating history of chemistry and the role science plays in the modern world at our museum in Philadelphia.

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