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WHYY: Exhibition Traces a 200-Year History of Water Pollution in Philadelphia
September 13, 2021
Local public media outlet features Institute’s new ‘Downstream’ exhibition.
Philly Materials Day Online: Experiments for Home
August 06, 2021
Institute’s ‘Science at Home: The Magic of Alchemy’ video is featured on the annual-event-turned-digital-experience website.
Miners Hauling Electronics Amidst Pollution
C&EN: Rare Earths’ Magic Comes at a Cost
July 28, 2021
American Chemical Society publication features ‘Distillations’ podcast on rare earth elements as part of its ‘Stereo Chemistry’ series.
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Take a Watery Journey through History and Science with Institute’s New ‘Downstream’ Exhibition Opening September 14
July 27, 2021
Exhibition will explore more than 200 years of water analysis and protection.
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10K Records Published to Institute’s Digital Collections
July 13, 2021
Postcard dated January 6, 1913, from chemist Walther Nernst to German Jewish scientist Georg Bredig is 10,000th record.
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ExxonMobil’s Carla Pereira to Receive 18th Annual SCI Gordon E. Moore Medal
June 22, 2021
Technology leader to be honored by the Society of Chemical Industry and the Science History Institute during Innovation Day on September 14 in Philadelphia.
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New Biography by Institute’s Library Director Unveils Life and Legacy of Unknown Woman Scientist
June 18, 2021
Michelle DiMeo’s ‘Lady Ranelagh: The Incomparable Life of Robert Boyle’s Sister’ tells the compelling story of a forgotten 17th-century thinker.
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Science History Institute’s Museum to Reopen July 1
June 15, 2021
Visitors are invited back to historic Old City Philadelphia to explore the broad history of science.
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Institute Receives National Archives Grant to Digitize Oral Histories of Immigrant Scientists
June 08, 2021
$130K+ award is part of the National Historical Publications and Records Commission’s efforts to improve public access to historical records.
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Science History Institute Debuts ‘Mechanochemistry: The Science of Crush’ Digital Exhibition
May 26, 2021
Visitors can explore how this ancient technique of transforming materials is still central to our lives today.
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Chemistry World: Ida Noddack and the Trouble with Element 43
May 19, 2021
Royal Society of Chemistry’s magazine talks to the Institute’s Brigitte van Tiggelen about the little-known German chemist.
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Nature: An Incomparable Intellectual Who Fell through the Cracks of History
May 12, 2021
Leading science journal reviews book on Lady Ranelagh written by Institute’s library director.
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Welp Magazine: 20 Best Books- and History-Related Podcasts of 2021
May 11, 2021
‘Distillations,’ ‘The Disappearing Spoon’ series featured in online publication’s list of favorite podcasts.
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Inverse: Netflix’s Sci-Fi Epic Reveals a Real-Life Cosmic Danger
April 30, 2021
The Institute’s Lisa Ruth Rand talks space junk in this article about Korean blockbuster ‘Space Sweepers.’
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Institute President David Cole Delivers Talk on History of Inventions at Imagine Solutions Conference
April 08, 2021
Watch Cole’s presentation from the 2021 virtual thought-leader forum.
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Hidden City Philadelphia: A Year in Ruins
April 08, 2021
Kyle Cassidy, the photographer behind our ‘Between Us and Catastrophe’ outdoor exhibition, recounts the struggles of healthcare workers battling the pandemic over the last year.
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Cynthia Cai Joins Institute’s Board of Directors
April 01, 2021
The Tharton Consulting founder and president also serves on the boards of several therapeutic companies.
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Science History Institute Receives CLIR Grant to Digitize Papers of Georg and Max Bredig
March 31, 2021
Collection smuggled out of Nazi Germany tells story of noted German Jewish scientist’s rise to prominence and the Bredig family’s struggle to survive the Holocaust.
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Science History Institute Launches Second Podcast Series
March 30, 2021
‘The Disappearing Spoon’ by best-selling author Sam Kean offers ‘Distillations’ listeners even more science history stories...with a twist.
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News at IU Bloomington: Newton Watermark Project Could Help Date Books More Accurately
February 22, 2021
Institute’s rare book curator is part of Indiana University-led research team using Isaac Newton’s alchemical manuscripts as a test case.

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