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DISTILLATIONS PODCAST

Dyes, Drugs, and Psychosis

The first antipsychotic was discovered through a series of mistakes, starting with—of all things—a breakthrough dye.

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EXHIBITIONS

The Story of Ramie: From Seed to Finished Garment

Stunningly detailed watercolors displayed on the Institute’s Chestnut Street façade explore the fascinating history of this natural textile.

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COLLECTIONS BLOG

Lost Stories and Missed Opportunities

What we can no longer learn from Yoichiro Ito.

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NEWS

2nd Annual Curious Histories Fest Draws Record-Setting Crowd

Science lovers of all ages explore every shade of the rainbow at ‘Color Your World’ celebration.

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We tell the stories behind the science.

The Science History Institute explores lesser-known and overlooked stories from the history of science and technology. We dive deep into the history of scientific successes and failures, with a focus on expanding knowledge and broadening our understanding of how science and society intersect.

Collect. Preserve. Interpret. Share.

Through research, storytelling, public programming, and educational outreach, we reveal how science is embedded in our daily lives.

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