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Friends of the Wissahickon Features Guest Blog Post by Institute’s Curatorial Affairs Director
October 21, 2022
Jesse Smith shares his insights into microplastics and the history of water protection through our ‘Downstream’ exhibition.
Downstream museum view
Grid: Award-Winning Exhibit Explores Water Analysis and Protection
May 27, 2022
Institute’s ‘Downstream’ exhibition featured in local sustainable lifestyle magazine.
Between Us and Catastrophe exhibition
‘Philadelphia Weekly’ Spotlights Institute’s Oral History Program, ‘Between Us and Catastrophe’ Exhibition
March 21, 2022
Staff members share why recording history is so important, especially during a pandemic.
Ad for colored stockings 1955
Ex Libris Universum: Museum Tour
March 03, 2022
American Institute of Physics’ blog includes the Science History Institute on its list of ‘some of the coolest virtual museums on the internet.’
Chemistry International: Downstream
January 19, 2022
Research curator Jesse Smith takes readers of IUPAC’s digital news magazine on a watery journey of history and science with Institute’s latest exhibition.
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Atlas Obscura: How Scholars Cracked a Medieval Alchemist’s Secret Code
November 15, 2021
Online magazine features Institute fellows Megan Piorko and Sarah Lang, who helped decode a puzzling Latin cipher.
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.
watermark displayed on a Newton manuscript
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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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’