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Distillations magazine

Unexpected Stories from Science’s Past

Arts & Culture

Science connects with the arts and popular culture

Animation of people watching a fireworks display in Lake Havasu, Arizona
Arts & Culture

Chasing the Light

Pyro enthusiasts converge on Lake Havasu City, Arizona, for an annual event known as the Western Winter Blast.

Impressionist painting of a lily pond
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Could Claude Monet See Like a Bee?

A harrowing eye surgery may have given the impressionist painter the ability to see UV light.

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Fit to Be Dyed

The enduring appeal of tie-dye.

Cartoon of mechanic getting electricuted
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Comics: Old-School Distance-Learning Tools

How the often-maligned genre was used to train soldiers, explain the weather, and describe the modern world.

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A Silent, Savage Menace: Reassessing “Panic in the Streets”

Elia Kazan’s 1950 film noir finds new relevance in a moment gripped by pandemic and social unrest.

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The Inventions That Made Us Who We Are

Anissa Ramirez’s latest book tracks the (sometimes literal) ways technology can shape our lives.

Photo of audio equipment
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How Oral History Opens Up the Past

Historian Ingrid Ockert makes a case for the spoken word.

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The Case of Continental Classroom

Before Bill Nye the Science Guy, there was Professor Harvey E. White of Continental Classroom.

movie still showing a family scene
Arts & Culture

Where Are My Children? Public Health in the Movies

The silent movie Where Are My Children? is more than a century old, but its central question—who “deserves” access to reproductive rights—still resonates today.

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Saving Old Movies

Old films are fragile, flammable, and frequently lost.

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The Masters of Nature

The line between science and art was not always so stark.

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What’s That Smell You’re Reading?

Sniffing out a peculiar love of books.

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Sketch of a Scientist

An illustration of a biochemist connects two British political icons.

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Fit as a Fiddle: The Remarkable Lives of Cremonese Violins

About half of the 1,100 instruments made by master luthier Antonio Stradivari have been lost or destroyed in the past 300 years. Should the instruments that remain be played or preserved?

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The Art of Memory

A memento reveals how the demand for cheap copies of famous paintings helped democratize art ownership in the 19th century.

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Stradivari and the Search for Brilliance

Can science tell us what makes a Stradivarius so special?

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Science and Disability

Scientists with disabilities have frequently faced intolerance and prejudice in their careers.

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Love, Peace, and Technoscience

Hippies of the 1960s and 1970s were not necessarily the technophobes they are often made out to be.