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Photo collage of JFK

Making the Deserts Bloom

Distillations Podcast

Armageddon’s Fingerprints

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Nor Any Drop to Drink

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Woman irritated by smog in LA in the 1950s

Fighting Smog in Los Angeles

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Serious Fun

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Second Chances

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Laser inventor Gordon Gould playing chess 1940

The Man, the Myth, the Laser

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Women wearing orange yoga pants and yellow sneakers

The Yoga Pant Problem

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Vintage poster of people watching TV

Sci-Fi Radio Drama

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Philippe Mercier’s The Sense of Smell (1744–1747).

The Scent of a Molecule

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Vintage margarine ad

Butter vs. Margarine

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Concrete Solutions

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Data from Disaster

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How to Mine an Asteroid

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Still image from Rethinking Ink animation

Rethinking Ink

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A group of Amish people standing in a field

High-Tech and Amish

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Ladies Who Launch

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Arnold O. Beckman and Ken Peters

A Covert Success Story

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Life on Mars

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A Tear Gas Tale

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Before and after of laser tattoo removal

Rethinking Ink

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Print of Giovanni Francesco Camocio's "Humani Victus Instrumenta"

Making Senses

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1950s ad for Mum cream deodorant

The Smell of Shame

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Grindhouse Wetware’s Northstar device in 2015.

Hacking Humans

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Tim Cannon

Fast Forward

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Diagram of sports bra

Second Skin

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Ken Shoulder with drone, 1993

The Frontiersman

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Illustration of childbirth

(Natural) Childbirth

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Instruments

Research
A biologist at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) examines animal tissue, ca. 1970.

A Vulnerable Earth

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New York

Let There Be Light

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A Soviet propaganda poster translates as “Soviet man, be proud. You opened the road to the stars from Earth!” (russiatrek.org)

Sputnik Fever

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Spherical space colony

A Future without Limits

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Illustration depicting an early 19th-century London street scene with citizens commenting on the recent invention of gas-lighting.

Bright Light

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Science made it on air soon after the first appearance of the television. But from the beginning science programming has faced the challenge of being both entertaining and educational.

On the Air

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U.S. postal inspectors, ca. early 20th century

Under Cover of Ink

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Measuring Brain Waves

Health by the Numbers

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Lead Balloon Contest

Up, Up, and Away

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Detail of a European stained glass image of St. George from the early 15th century.

From Nanotech to Nanoscience

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Musée des Arts et Métiers

Pour l’Amour de Lavoisier

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Industrial Vitamins

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H. R. MacMillan Space Centre

Lost in Space

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Photograph and X-ray of the space suit worn by Alan Shepard during the Apollo 14 mission. (Photo by Mark Avino/Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum; X-ray by Roland H. Cunningham and Mark Avino)

Suited for Space

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Gordon Moore at the Chemical Heritage Foundation in 2005.

Gordon E. Moore

Historical Profile
Robert S. Langer.

Robert S. Langer

Historical Profile
Carl von Linde.

Carl von Linde

Historical Profile
Paul Berg.

Paul Berg

Historical Profile