From ‘Breaking Bad’ to James Bond, certain chemicals are popular options for characters looking to achieve nefarious ends.
From eating potpourri to blast fishing, Wednesday Addams and her friends and family get involved in a number of grisly hijinks. But could they happen in real life?
DDT accumulates in wildlife and magnifies up the food chain. Birds of prey occupy the top of these food chains in various ecosystems.
There are unconfirmed reports that Russia has used chemical weapons in Ukraine. Syria’s recent chemical weapons use offers context for understanding this tactic. Chemical weapons terrify civilians.
Historic white lead makeup is depicted today as a thick white mask, but recent studies have found that some formulations create a more natural, youthful look.
From devil to potion to miracle drug, chocolate’s arrival in Europe was a wild ride.
They’re calling for advice before using bleach or disinfectant. Or they’re calling to ask about side-effects after gargling, spraying or bathing in them. It’s a worry.
The usefulness of a drug is typically measured by its active ingredient. But traditional Chinese medicine shows that there’s more to healing than using the right chemical.
Poison can be a deadly defense that helps a mushroom make sure its spores are spread to new places to grow into baby mushrooms.
Paraquat’s potentially lethal effects on humans are well known. But our research has found it also causes serious environmental damage.
A new book, about the suburban women who poisoned their husbands in post-war Sydney, explores their cold-blooded modus operandi and the hot dinners they prepared.
Animals that regularly dine on toxic food may hold clues for designing new drugs to treat persistent pain in humans.
The weather is warming up, and snakes are coming out to bask in the sun. But we don’t need to tell tall tales to appreciate snakes – the truth is far more fascinating.
The poisoning incident in Guinea-Bissau represents a loss of around 5% of the estimated national population of Hooded Vultures, which makes up 22% of the entire global population.
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.
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.
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.