The Distillations Blog is the place for regular updates from the intersections of science, culture, and history.
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.
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.
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.
University of Delaware researchers are using inexpensive, low-tech solutions to help infants with movement disorders.
Reflecting on the inherent scientific nature of Miroslav Holub’s poetry, in honor of National Poetry Month.
Catch another whiff of our March podcast, as we ask people why they started using deodorant.
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?
Remembering a Holocaust survivor, immigrant, and inventor. Will changes to U.S. immigration policy make such a story a thing of the past?
An early dietitian set out to prove that vegetarian cooking was good for the body. Others who followed tried to show it could be tasty and even good for the soul.
How do art historians know who painted a work of art and when it was painted? For the Institute’s Elisabeth Berry Drago, the answer is hidden in the details.
The Institute’s Christy Schneider reflects on air pollution, health, and science.
Computers can give you the weather forecast and call you a cab home. But can they tell you a story?
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.
Alchemists once wrote of chaos, dragons, and spirits, but did they know more about chemistry than we give them credit for?
Behind the scenes of Philadelphia’s taxidermy scene.
Andrew Mangravite learns that archival work can be surprisingly dangerous.