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Digital Exhibitions

Meet the mechanochemists who pioneered the “science of crush.” Encounter the science of synthetic stretch textiles and discover the hidden histories behind decay. Play around with midcentury chemistry sets, or get to know “real” alchemists and learn the truth behind the myths.
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Applied Arts of Alchemy Conference

Thursday, May 20, 2021–Friday, May 21, 2021

This virtual symposium will explore alchemy’s practical and applied uses and their lasting impact on chemistry, technology, medicine, experimentation, and the marketplace.
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Conference Center Now Open for Event Rentals

Contact us for reservations, site tours, and brainstorming sessions on how to create unique events, whether they are virtual, in-person, or something in between.
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How do we understand how water moves, what it carries, the ways it can be threatened, and our choices for how to protect it?
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Chewing It Over—and Over and Over and Over

Disappearing Spoon Podcast

How a weird “scientific” diet fad conquered America in the early 1900s.

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

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