The Distillations Blog is the place for regular updates from the intersections of science, culture, and history.
Frankenstein was unleashed on the literary world 200 years ago, but its message still has relevance to everything from gene editing to Facebook.
After the Vietnam War a mysterious yellow substance rained down from the skies of Southeast Asia. Was it a chemical weapon or something stranger?
Do cats mess with your brain?
Eschewing tradition, some instrument makers are redefining what a violin, viola, or cello is.
What it means to be the chief curiosity correspondent at the Field Museum in Chicago.
How fiction helps science intersect with culture.
In trying to separate fact from fiction, writer Natalie Jacewicz gets caught up in a century-old, pseudoscientific web of lies and false hope.
How science fiction has influenced the lives and work of many STEM professionals.
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.
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.
How do virologists stop something that is ubiquitous and deadly?
Photos from the March for Science in Philadelphia, in which protesters sent a clear message to the Trump adminstration.
Has someone in your family led an interesting life? You can help them tell their story. Lee Sullivan Berry, the Institute’s curator of oral histories, explains how.