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Baking up a Storm

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Family Practice

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Exhuming the Flu

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Gone to the Dogs

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Constructing Life

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Serious Fun

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Hard Work and Happenstance

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Reno

Air Born

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The Philosopher’s Quest

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It’s about Time

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Feast or Famine

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Ladies Who Launch

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A Life in Science

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Life on Mars

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Military Solution

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Amputation

Auld Medicine

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Tim Cannon

Fast Forward

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Humphry Davy

Left Behind

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Alfred Hitchcock in 1960

Finding the Right Words

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Reginald Brill's A Surgical Operation (1934-1935)

Killing Cancer

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Lawrence and team, 1938

Large and in Charge

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Home Away from Home

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Tho-Radia ad

The Secrets of Life

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Buzz Aldrin walks on the surface of the moon during the Apollo 11 mission. (NASA)

Waning Interest

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Medusa Nebula

Elements of Invention

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Cottingley Fairy

The Magic of It All

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Esperanto postcard

Speaking in Tongues

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

A Vulnerable Earth

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The Bradbury Science Museum is part of the Los Alamos National Laboratory. The museum’s history gallery tells the story of the making of the atomic bomb. (Sarah Reisert)

Remember Los Alamos

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Recherches Chimiques

Materials Matter

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A cover of Amazing Stories, the first magazine devoted solely to science fiction.

Future Tense

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

Under Cover of Ink

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The Laboratorio Chimico at the Museum of Science at the University of Lisbon

Elements of the Past

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A 19th-century watercolor redrawn from Sir Charles Bell’s The Anatomy of the Brain. Modern psychiatry has adopted the chemical imbalance theory of depression. (Wellcome Library, London)

Down, but Not Out

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Carl and Gerty Cori

Lab Partners

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Nano Pop

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Social Science

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Oil derricks line Huntington Beach, California, in this 1956 photo.

Bleak Future

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Beauty and Brawn

Identity Politics

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An Uneasy Partnership

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A panel from Trinity.

Graphic History

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DuPont car paint ad

Colors Run Riot

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Glasgow’s Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum

A City’s Tale

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Illustration from Thomas Huxley’s Evidence as to Man’s Place in Nature (1863).

A World without Darwin

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Wounded Soldier

Horror Show

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Medicalizing Menopause

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Spherical space colony

A Future without Limits

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A crowd attentively observes “The Avalanche Disk,” which simulates granular physics. It is a part of the Science Storms exhibit at Chicago’s Museum of Science and Industry.

Storm Watch

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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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Ovaltine ad

Packed Full of Questions

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A mass spectrometer 9 (MS9) at the Humble Oil and Refining Company, Baytown, Texas

Instrumental Developments

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Portrait of James Smithson

A Gift for the Ages

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Adam and Eve take a bath in the Garden of Eden diorama at the Creation Museum.

A Short History

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Sustainable Futures

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Biotech

Start It Up

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Musée des Arts et Métiers

Pour l’Amour de Lavoisier

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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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The Great Fakes

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Promises, Promises

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German physicists from before World War II

Magical Thinking

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Questions about tea are answered in Hervé This’s latest book

Cooking as Chemistry

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Main Hall - National Museum of Scotland

Great Scot!

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A researcher at Brookhaven National Laboratory studying catalysts that might improve fuel-cell performance.

Short Circuit

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A photographic print toned with uranium, made around 1900.

New Transmutations

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Sign at the Baltimore Museum of Industry

A City of Firsts

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Life and Death

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Dmitri Mendeleev at the Working Desk.

Mendeleev at Home

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Der Geiger Nicolo Paganini

Reading Genes

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Detail from An Alchemist’s Laboratory

Gold, Secrecy, and Prestige

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Measuring Brain Waves

Health by the Numbers

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H. R. MacMillan Space Centre

Lost in Space

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New York

Let There Be Light

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Dolphins

Communicating Under Water

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Newborns

Testing Times

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Meet the Molecules

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A 19th-century German artist’s conception of cholera as personified by Death

Medical Memoirs

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Nikola Tesla lived a life of contradictions.

The Electrical Wizard

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The line between chemistry and biology first began to blur in the 19th century. (NIAID)

Border Crossing

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A show at the Corning Museum of Glass features professional glassmakers at their craft.

Hot Stuff

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Suiting Up

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Running on Empty

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Herman Boerhaave’s Sermo academicus, de comparando certo in physicis (1715)

New School

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Purity Test

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The death of Vladimir Ilyich Lenin

Immortal Trouble

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Mill City Museum

The Fourth Wall

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Michael Polanyi

The Polanyi Puzzle

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Mercer Museum. Carol M. Highsmith Archive, Library of Congress (LC-HS503-1037)

Made in America

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Playing It Safe?

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Novum Organum

Roads to Revolution

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14-ton Electromagnet

Going Dutch

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Sir Joseph Banks

High Society

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Luminous Lives

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King Cancer

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An Everyday Poison

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