Distillations Blog

The Distillations Blog is the place for regular updates from the intersections of science, culture, and history.

From STEM to STEAM: An Interview with Marion Leary
November 03, 2017

Philadelphia’s 2017 Geek of the Year on using virtual reality in resuscitation science research.

Data from Disaster
October 20, 2017

Many tragic accidents have provided unexpectedly valuable information for scientists.

Labor of Lovelace: A Children’s Introduction to a Programming Giant
October 06, 2017

Author Laurie Wallmark on Ada Lovelace.

A Covert Success Story
June 22, 2017

In the 1950s, a devious oil company created a television show to flatter industrialists and win their business.

Things Fall Apart: An Interview with Exhibition Curator Elisabeth Berry Drago
June 09, 2017

Exploring the science behind decay through the Institute’s new exhibition and Old City walking tour.

A Tear Gas Tale
May 26, 2017

How tear gas made the transition from wartime weapon to domestic police tool.

Learning to Move with Move to Learn
April 21, 2017

University of Delaware researchers are using inexpensive, low-tech solutions to help infants with movement disorders.

Grindhouse Wetware’s Northstar device in 2015.
Hacking Humans
March 08, 2017

Dissatisfied with the limitations of the human body, some people are modifying themselves with electronic compasses and magnetic implants. But are they adding anything that the average smartphone can’t already do?

Mephistopheles and Faust play chess
How to Tie with AI
August 22, 2016

Artificially intelligent programs are playing board games better than humans ever could. Is it possible to design a board game that can stump even the smartest computer?