The Distillations blog is the place for regular updates from the intersections of science, culture, and history.
What possibilities might we be ignoring when we unquestioningly privilege sight as the primary pathway to knowledge about the natural world?
Would you be able to walk, think, or react without a nervous system? University of Pennsylvania engineering student Sonia Roberts explores this question while building robots inspired by real animals.
Many tragic accidents have provided unexpectedly valuable information for scientists.
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.
University of Delaware researchers are using inexpensive, low-tech solutions to help infants with movement disorders.
The search for extraterrestrial intelligence has been going on for decades, but so far no one has found anything. As the Italian physicist Enrico Fermi once asked, where is everybody?