The Distillations Blog is the place for regular updates from the intersections of science, culture, and history.
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.
Philadelphia’s 2017 Geek of the Year on using virtual reality in resuscitation science research.
Many tragic accidents have provided unexpectedly valuable information for scientists.
Author Laurie Wallmark on Ada Lovelace.
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.
University of Delaware researchers are using inexpensive, low-tech solutions to help infants with movement disorders.
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?
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?