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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.’
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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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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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Institute President David Cole to Speak at Imagine Solutions Conference 2021
February 08, 2021
This virtual thought-leader forum brings together world-class visionaries to share ideas on today’s most relevant issues.
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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.
Science History Institute Receives $40K PHMC Grant
January 13, 2021
Prestigious award from the Pennsylvania Historical Museum Commission to provide operational support for our museum.
Page from Isaac Newton’s copy of the Preparation of the [Sophick] Mercury for the [Philosophers’] Stone
Science History Institute Receives NEH/AHRC Grant
January 06, 2021
The New Directions for Digital Scholarship in Cultural Institutions award—given jointly by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the UK’s Arts and Humanities Research Council—will fund a research project on Isaac Newton's alchemical manuscripts.
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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’
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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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PhillyVoice: Photos of Essential Workers to Be Displayed by the Science History Institute
October 23, 2020
Local news outlet features Institute’s new outdoor exhibition of large-scale portraits.
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Science History Institute Debuts New Outdoor Exhibition
October 22, 2020
‘Between Us and Catastrophe’ showcases portraits of the pandemic’s essential workers.

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