Rare Earth Elements: The Intersection of Science and Society

September 24, 2019 | 7:00 p.m.–9:30 p.m.

Join us in Los Angeles for a thought-provoking evening featuring Science Friday host Ira Flatow.

San Francisco’s Plague Years

Distillations Article

As officials spread disinformation, a deadly epidemic edged its way into the United States.

10 Ways Rare Earth Elements Make Life Better


How much do you know about the rare earth elements? Chances are you interact with these 17 metals almost every day.

Beer: The Fuel of Ancient Civilization

Friday, September 20 | 6:00 p.m.–8:00 p.m.

Once revered as a drink of the gods, beer has been celebrated by humans for millennia. Raise a glass as you learn more about beer’s impact on the development of early civilization.

Object Explorer

Now on View in Our Museum

The centerpiece of our museum features a pair of high-resolution, interactive tables where visitors can explore the history and science behind various everyday objects.

The Science History Institute collects and shares the stories of innovators and of discoveries that shape our lives. We preserve and interpret the history of chemistry, chemical engineering, and the life sciences.

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