The Distillations blog is the place for regular updates from the intersections of science, culture, and history.
Before Bill Nye the Science Guy, there was Professor Harvey E. White of Continental Classroom.
CRISPR-Cas9 gene-editing technology is remaking the world. How do we manage its potential harms and benefits?
Isaac Newton invented calculus, deciphered gravity, and authored two immortal scientific treatises. Did he also fight crime?
How John Dalton’s early atomic theory led to the Science History Institute’s new logo.
The story behind a rare work in our collection by the father of the periodic table.
Too much coffee actually can kill you, but that’s not the most important thing about the chemistry of coffee.
Using oral history to write a historical narrative in an audio tour.
How conservators at the 9/11 Memorial Museum care for the artifacts of trauma.
Scientists with disabilities have frequently faced intolerance and prejudice in their careers. A new project at the Institute’s Center for Oral History seeks to tell their stories.
An interest in the pharmacological nature of food led Jessica Zinskie, a postdoctoral researcher at Rowan University, to study the genetics of yeast and the evolution of beer.
In the 1950s, a devious oil company created a television show to flatter industrialists and win their business.
Exploring the science behind decay through the Institute’s new exhibition and Old City walking tour.
How tear gas made the transition from wartime weapon to domestic police tool.
The Institute’s Christy Schneider reflects on air pollution, health, and science.
Andrew Mangravite learns that archival work can be surprisingly dangerous.
Sometimes archivists, as Andrew Mangravite found, get more than they bargain for.