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Mario Molina, left, and F. Sherwood Rowland at the University of California, Irvine, January 1975.
HISTORY This Week: The Sky Is Falling
October 18, 2021
History Channel podcast features Institute’s oral history interview with Nobel laureate and ozone savior Mario Molina.
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The Conversation: Deciphering the Philosophers’ Stone
October 14, 2021
Institute fellows Megan Piorko and Sarah Lang help crack a 400-year-old alchemical cipher.
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Institute’s ‘Downstream’ Exhibition Featured in Multiple Media Outlets
September 27, 2021
Coverage of our new water analysis and protection exhibition includes WHYY, the ‘Philadelphia Inquirer,’ and others.
Model of Delaware River Basin, 1964.
The Philadelphia Inquirer: Must-See Museum Exhibits in Philly This Fall
September 20, 2021
At the Science History Institute, ‘Downstream’ explores 200 years of water analysis, protection, and regulation.
Research curator Jesse Smith shows off Downstream exhibition
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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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.
Portrait of Lady Ranelagh
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.
Podcast team records at Laurel Hill Cemetery
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.
Official Netflix movie poster for Space Sweepers
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.’
A nurse in a mask
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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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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ABC7 Fort Myers: 19 Visionaries to Discuss Timely Topics at 2021 Imagine Solutions Conference
February 18, 2021
Institute president David Cole gives a preview of his talk on the origins and history of the United States patent system.
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Visit Philadelphia: History, Culture & Cocktails
January 26, 2021
Official Philly visitor website features Institute’s outdoor exhibition ‘Between Us and Catastrophe’ in its #OurTurnToTourist Instagram campaign.
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Gettingsmart.com: 100 Podcasts You Should Check Out
January 26, 2021
‘Distillations’ featured on education news site’s list of favorite podcast series in the STEM & Maker category.
Plastic Wares Sales Display Featuring Dow Styron 1949
The Pulse: The Miracle and Menace of Plastic
January 15, 2021
Institute fellow Isabelle Held is featured on this WHYY podcast episode that explores the science behind the dual nature of plastic.
Sanitation workers in masks in front of a garbage truck
The Why: A Camera, a Mask, and 2020’s Most Enduring Image
December 08, 2020
WHYY’s podcast talks to photographer Kyle Cassidy and some of the essential workers featured in our ‘Between Us and Catastrophe’ outdoor exhibition.
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UWISHUNU: The Top Things to Do in Philly This Week & Weekend, November 2–8
November 09, 2020
Visit Philadelphia’s official tourism blog features Institute’s new outdoor exhibition ‘Between Us and Catastrophe’
Cows in a barn
The Washington Post: The Idea of Herd Immunity to Manage the Coronavirus Should Ring Alarm Bells
October 30, 2020
Institute fellow Rebecca Kaplan explains the concept’s origins in veterinary medicine.

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