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Using stories from science’s past to understand our world
Eleanor Roosevelt thanks a chemical engineering firm in Philadelphia for manufacturing water for the king and queen of England on their visit to the United States.
An early cervicouterine device—aka a pessary—that was a precursor to the IUD.
This episode highlights a bottle of mid-20th century vitamins that are actually caffeine pills in disguise.
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 a podcast episode titled “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.
21st century safety concerns made science kits a bit less exciting for children.