The Distillations blog is the place for regular updates from the intersections of science, culture, and history.
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.
Sometimes archivists, as Andrew Mangravite found, get more than they bargain for.
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?
Who’s responsible for regulating beauty products that lead to less-than-beautiful results?
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?