Each episode of Distillations podcast takes a deep-dive into a moment of science-related history in order to shed light on the present.
Disappearing spoon: Chewing it Over—and Over and Over and Over
If Ted Talks were around in the early 1990s, Horace Fletcher would have given his fair share of them. Fletcher was a health reformer who thought people didn’t chew their food nearly enough. He believed that most swallowed food way too quickly. This had all sorts of detrimental health consequences, he said, including nasty bowel movements. So he over-chewed his food. He once chewed a green onion 722 times before he let himself swallow it.
The Disappearing Spoon: What's the Longest Word in the English Language?
And what does it have to do with the unusual chemistry of carbon?
The Disappearing Spoon: Why Don’t We Have a Male Birth Control Pill Yet?
The debut of the female birth control pill in 1960 was revolutionary. . But the pill had many unpleasant and even dangerous side effects. In fact, some doctors argue that it wouldn’t win government approval today. So why haven’t scientists tried to create a birth control pill for men? It turns out they have. In the 1950s scientists created a really good one. But it had one problem—you can’t drink alcohol when you take it.
The Disappearing Spoon: Crowdfunding Radium
When American women bought Marie Curie a vital gram of the element.
The Disappearing Spoon: Parking lot or Peking lot?
The so-called 'Peking Man' fossils are some of the first ancient human remains discovered in mainland Asia. So when they disappeared during World War II it was called one of the worse disasters in the history of archaeology. Now some archeologists claim to have tracked them down. The only problem is they're underneath a parking lot.
The Disappearing Spoon: Orphan Vaccines
The Science History Institute has launched a second podcast! Listen to this first episode about when the global vaccine supply chain depended on children.
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We have to ask why is it that Dr Haseltine is one of the very few people on this planet, scientist or other, that has the intelligence and insight to give a brutally honest analysis of the trajectory of this pandemic and the unnecessary disaster it has caused.
We have had months of delayed and useless communications from so called leaders at CDC, NIH, HHS etc on the preparedness for Covid19. As Dr Haseltine explains, the pandemic was inevitable, at least since SARS epidemic in 2002. Public health preparedness in western countries has been scandalous.
I see little evidence that there will be any structural change within the health -industrial complex. Scientists have generally kept a low profile and are not willing to expose the massive faults in the science - corporate system that has resulted in the inexcusable situation of the world having no drugs ready to treat this viral infection.
Margaret Perkins PhD