Colonial graziers found it more effective to poison dingoes than rely on convict shepherds to protect their flocks.
Justine Philip/AMMRIC 2017
As soon as white colonists began farming sheep in Australia, they looked for a way to eradicate dingoes.
Low level carbon monoxide poisoning leads to a wide range of nonspecific but significant symptoms – making it very difficult to detect.
Murder? Dawn Sturgess, 44, died after being exposed to the nerve agent Novichok.
The same deadly nerve agent used against a former Russian spy and his daughter could be linked to a second poisoning that killed a 44 year old woman in the UK.
Interdisciplinary research led to the discovery that three historic books were covered in a layer of arsenic.
Gould’s goanna is commonly eaten in Indigenous communities, but can contain high levels of rat poison.
Robert A. Davis
Rat baits are widely used to keep rodent pests at bay. But many Australian reptiles are resistant to the poison, potentially spreading these deadly compounds up the food chain.
Hundreds of people have been warned after former Russian spy Sergei Skripal was poisoned with Novichok nerve agent.
Will blue packets replace pink ones soon?
Medicinal chemists are tweaking a natural molecule that can be a deadly poison – a modified version might work as a nonhormonal male contraceptive.
Tide pods: neither delicious, nor nutritious.
Eating laundry detergent capsules online is not the fault of the younger generation. In modern society, attention is power.
Scientists usually use the word “venomous” rather than “poisonous” when they’re talking about snakes.
If one venomous snake bites a mouse and injects venom into it, you can then feed that same dead mouse to another snake. The second snake won't die.
It was all the apple’s fault: we’ve been fascinated by poisoned fruit for a long time.
Jacob Jordaens (1593–1678), The Fall of Man, via Wikimedia Commons
Plants produce toxic fruit for everything from deterring fungi to causing constipation.
The San’s arrows may look dainty, but when tipped with poison they are lethal for hunting.
The early use of poison is one more indicator of an advanced repertoire of behavioural and technological traits that have characterised our species from the earliest times.
Civilians in Iraq have reportedly been exposed to blister agents in fighting between Islamic State fighters and US-backed Iraqi forces.
The characteristics of chemical weapons also make them weapons of terror. They do not only injure the body. The threat of chemical weapons harms the minds of soldiers and civilians.
Into the danger zone.
Everything you need to know about the humble spud.
Polonium is found naturally in uranium ore.
Polonium's chemical properties made it the ideal secret weapon for the assassins of Alexander Litvinenko.
The national flower of Zimbabwe, the Glory Lily, is also found in Queensland where it’s more famously known as a noxious weed that’s highly poisonous to humans.
It's not just Australia's animals that can be deadly, there are plenty of dangerous plants too.
A deadly meeting? The potentially lethal viper, Echis carinatus.
News that a leading manufacturer will cease making a well-known antivenom is not actually new.
Sodium cyanide has a particularly unpleasant reputation but if officials act fast they should be able to limit its damaging effects.
Brachycephalus verrucosus: packing some punch.
It's the size of a fingernail but could do you some serious damage – numbness, incontinence, and muscular paralysis.
Arthur Conan Doyle himself was also poisoned by heartbreak grass – but this was self-inflicted, and not fatal.
There's much that Perepilichny could have learned from Arthur Conan Doyle, and him in turn from an ancient king called Mithradates.
Serious poisoning by plants is very rare in the UK so the death of a gardener in Hampshire after brushing against a deadly flower was extremely unusual. Despite the British countryside’s genteel reputation…