Distillations Magazine

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Discover how lice are used to study human history. Follow those who track nuclear materials for a living. Drink up a story about desalinated water and finish up with the saving of old movies.

CRISPR Biology and Biotechnology: The Future of Genome Editing


Stream the 29th annual Ullyot Public Affairs Lecture featuring Jennifer Doudna.

Age of Alchemy

Now on View

For many of us alchemy conjures up images of mysticism or a fool’s quest for gold. But alchemy’s golden age was much more. 

Arnold O. Beckman Legacy Project


Discover the many facets of Beckman’s life and career in science through a biographical film, a digital collection of Beckman’s papers, an interactive exploration of groundbreaking scientific instruments, original scholarly research, and more.

The Othmer Library


The Donald F. and Mildred Topp Othmer Library of Chemical History is an independent research library encompassing the history of chemistry and related sciences and industries.

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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