Join Distillations podcast hosts Lisa Berry Drago and Alexis Pedrick as Science History Institute staff members share their favorite objects from our museum, archival, and library collections.
An animation drawn from episode 225 of Distillations podcast, Butter vs. Margarine: One of America’s Most Bizarre Food Battles.
An animation drawn from episode 207 of Distillations podcast, DDT: The Britney Spears of Chemicals.
An animation drawn from episode 217 of Distillations podcast, Fizzy Water: The Unnatural History of a Carbonated Drink.
An animation drawn from episode 206 of Distillations podcast, Is Space the Place? Trying to save humanity by mining asteroids.
An animation drawn from episode 220 of Distillations podcast, Rethinking Ink: Lasers, tattoo removal, and second chances.
Welcome to the weird and wonderful world of stuffing animals.
This video won second place in the 2016 Raw Science Film Festival category of “professional documentary longer than 10 minutes.”
21st century safety concerns made science kits a bit less exciting for children.
In the 1950s the effects of atomic energy were on display, including in children’s science kits.
Science kits in the 1900s were as much about magic and spectacle as they were about chemistry, so strap on your seat belt and prepare to be wowed.
In the 1850s science kits were a source of rational and educational entertainment.
Dive into the world of nixtamalization and discover the ancient chemical practices behind your taco.
Take a trip down the Gowanus Canal with cartographer and citizen scientist Eymund Diegel.
Hurricanes Harvey and Irma have left hundreds of thousands of Americans homeless. Where will they live?
Take a peek behind the scenes at Dogfish Head, a craft brewery in Milton, Delaware, to see how they make their signature brews and their “ancient ales.”
How did 17th-century painters create their masterpieces without Dick Blick, tupperware, or paint in tubes?
Sophisticated drugs have enabled those with HIV to live long lives—as long as they take their medication.
Anna Dhody, Mütter Museum curator and physical and forensic anthropologist, explains what it takes to maintain the museum’s impressive collection of skulls.
What happens when a chemist and a historian of science eat a Tastykake?
Peek into the studio of author and illustrator Jonathan Fetter-Vorm, and watch the creative process behind his recent book, Trinity: A Graphic History of the First Atomic Bomb.
Tracing Jell-O’s rise to fame
Meet George M. Whitesides, one of the most influential living chemists.
Reconstructing a 16th-century workshop with recipes from an anonymous craftsperson’s manuscript.
Step inside this 17th century painting by David Teniers and watch as an alchemist’s laboratory comes alive.