Scientific Discovery

The Parasites in Our Past

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Woman irritated by smog in LA in the 1950s

Fighting Smog in Los Angeles

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A Study In Scarlet

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Serious Fun

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Second Chances

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Laser inventor Gordon Gould playing chess 1940

The Man, the Myth, the Laser

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Reno

Air Born

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Fizzy Water

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The Art of Memory

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An 1822 star map by Alexander Jamieson shows the constellation Telescopium Herschelii, depicted here, ironically, as a refracting telescope.

A Giant of Astronomy

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Concrete Solutions

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Data from Disaster

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A group of Amish people standing in a field

High-Tech and Amish

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The Age of Scurvy

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Fist and flask graphic

Political Science

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A Tear Gas Tale

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AIDS

Going Viral

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A Forgotten Star

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Nitrous oxide party

High Times

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Illustration of a Pasteur-Chamberland filter

The Filter of Life

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Learn

Learn

Instruments

Research
Waters: Glaciers and Bucks by Diane Burko.

Art

Research
Tho-Radia ad

The Secrets of Life

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Buzz Aldrin walks on the surface of the moon during the Apollo 11 mission. (NASA)

Waning Interest

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P.S. Krøyer's The Iron Foundry, Burmeister and Wain

Future Calculations

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Vaccinating for polio in South Sudan, 2014.

Political Ills

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Medusa Nebula

Elements of Invention

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Roald Hoffmann

Roald Hoffmann

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Rare Books

Collections
A photographic print toned with uranium, made around 1900.

New Transmutations

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New York

Let There Be Light

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Robert Woodward, with his trademark cigarette, sitting at a desk with a statue of a Scotsman.

Robert Burns Woodward

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Alexander Fleming, holding a petri dish.

Alexander Fleming

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Mario Molina, left, and F. Sherwood Rowland at the University of California, Irvine, January 1975.

Mario Molina

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Marie Curie.

Marie Sklodowska Curie

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Amedeo Avogadro. Edgar Fahs Smith Collection, Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts, University of Pennsylvania.

Amedeo Avogadro

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Carl Djerassi.

Carl Djerassi

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The Shannon Portrait of the Hon. Robert Boyle F. R. S., by Johann Kerseboom, 1689. Science History Institute/Will Brown

Robert Boyle

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Michael Faraday. Engraved by D. J. Pound from a photograph by Mayall.

Michael Faraday

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Russell Marker.

Russell Earl Marker

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Percy Julian.

Percy Lavon Julian

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Darleane C. Hoffman

Darleane C. Hoffman

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Susan Solomon in her NOAA office in Boulder, Colorado, next to a globe showing Antarctica.

Susan Solomon

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Portrait of Berzelius. Edgar Fahs Smith Collection, Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts, University of Pennsylvania.

Jöns Jakob Berzelius

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Charles Drew in the lab at Howard University, 1942.

Charles Richard Drew

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Lavoisier. Engraved by François Séraphin Delpech, after a drawing by Belliart, after the painting by Jacques Louis David.

Antoine-Laurent Lavoisier

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George Washington Carver, Tuskegee Institute, 1906.

George Washington Carver

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Fritz Haber, sketched in 1911 by W. Luntz.

Fritz Haber

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Linus Pauling during an oral history interview conducted by the Chemical Heritage Foundation, now the Science History Institute, in 1987.

Linus Carl Pauling

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Portrait of Leo Hendrik Baekeland, early 20th century. Photograph by Underwood & Underwood Studios, New York, NY. Williams Haynes Portrait Collection, the Institute Collections.

Leo Hendrik Baekeland

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An 1830 engraving of Sir Humphry Davy, by G. R. Newton, after a painting by Sir Thomas Lawrence (1769–1830).

Humphry Davy

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Stephanie Kwolek at a polarizing microscope.

Stephanie L. Kwolek

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