Distillations exists where science and the humanities overlap. If you’re curious about science in society, or about how things came to be, whether it’s artificial turf or health fads, you’ve come to the right place. Distillations contains a magazine, a podcast, videos, and a blog. Find them all here, or subscribe individually.


Our tagline, Science + Culture + History, says it best. We believe in strong narrative, exploring the past and present, and occasionally even speculating a little about the future. Our magazine is devoted to good storytelling, accuracy, and solid design.

Distillations magazine is published by the Science History Institute. Sign up for a free subscription (available only within the United States).

Write for Us!

Interested in writing for Distillations magazine?

Send a pitch to editor@sciencehistory.org telling us your idea, why it is interesting, and why you are qualified to tell it.

All stories must be narrative in form, so pitches should include characters, settings, themes, and interesting anecdotes or factoids. Stories should connect science or technology to culture and history. Our scientific focus includes chemistry, biotechnology, and materials science—no theoretical physics for us. We aim to engage readers of all backgrounds, so avoid jargon and dense explanations of science.

Want an idea of what we are looking for? Check out the articles we’ve published since spring 2015. Some longer-form examples can be found here, here, and here; and shorter examples are here, here, and here.

Please include samples of your published work. We pay within three weeks of acceptance of work.

Thank you for your interest!


Each episode of Distillations podcast takes a deep dive into a moment of science-related history in order to shed light on the present. Our hosts are Alexis Pedrick and Elisabeth Berry Drago.

Listen here or at Soundcloud, or download our app from Google Play and iTunes.


Our most eclectic section. Videos range from short interviews, to animations, to fully fledged mini-documentaries, and cover the gamut of science, art, and culture.


Your online source for regular updates from the intersection of science, culture, and history.

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Fill out the form below or email us at distillations@sciencehistory.org.