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Rethinking Ink

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A Killer of a Cure

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A Recipe for Good Health

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Women’s Work

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Figues de Solliès by Mon Œil

The Joy of Cooking

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Still Life

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Imagining a Postcarbon Future

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Swedish worker inspects nylon stocking, 1954

Synthetic Threads

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Home Away from Home

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Cottingley Fairy

The Magic of It All

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Street Gang

Rebel without a Chemistry Set

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Skil Craft Biology Lab 1960

It’s Alive!

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Bridging the Gaps

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Recipes and Extracts on Alchemy, Medicine, Metal-Working, Cosmetics, Veterinary Science, Agriculture, Wine-Making, and Other Subjects

The Philosophers’ Stove

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BASF's biodegradable plastic

Plastic’s Second Act

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(Electro) Plating to Success

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Ready or Not

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Zenith Royal M transistor hearing aid

Sound Waves

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Playing It Safe?

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Full-length illustration of a fashionably dressed flapper standing with one hand on her hip and a cigarette in the other hand. A stream of smoke from the cigarette forms a curving, twisting, decorative line.

Counting Calories

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chinese food

A Taste Sensation

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Life Is Fragile

Delicate Matters

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A Better Pill

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Fiberglas was invented by accident at Corning Glass in the early 1930s. Fiberglas and its competitors helped insulate 1950s homes, with their open floor plans.

In the Pink

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Roy J. Plunkett with a cable insulated with Teflon and a Teflon-coated muffin tin.

Roy J. Plunkett

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Ellen Swallow, about 1858.

Ellen H. Swallow Richards

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Jell-O Mold

Kitchen Chemistry: Jell-O

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