The Distillations Blog is the place for regular updates from the intersections of science, culture, and history.
The search for extraterrestrial intelligence has been going on for decades, but so far no one has found anything. As the Italian physicist Enrico Fermi once asked, where is everybody?
Who’s responsible for regulating beauty products that lead to less-than-beautiful results?
Artificially intelligent programs are playing board games better than humans ever could. Is it possible to design a board game that can stump even the smartest computer?
Around 2.5 billion years ago, cyanobacteria spewed an element into the atmosphere that was toxic to many of Earth’s early life-forms: oxygen.
Breaking Bad showcased the chemistry of everything from making methamphetamine to building thermite explosives, but who made sure the science on the show was accurate?