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Strictly Strychnine: poison in sport

In many ways the history of the Olympics is the history of athletes trying to kill themselves with increasingly sophisticated drugs. In the original Olympics the athletes used various herbal stimulants…
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The Dope on DMAA

The Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) has considered a proposal to list 1,3-dimethylamylamine (DMAA) as a schedule 9 compound. Schedule 9 compounds are prohibited substances which have no therapeutic…
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Fake Tan but Real Damage?

It is a truth universally acknowledged that a person in want of coolness is in want of a tan. And increasingly, that tan is coming out of a bottle. To get the kind of deep-all over tan that Aussie legend…

Longer Life Through Coffee Drinking?

There is a persistent belief that drinking coffee is bad for you. Some alternative medicine systems eschew all coffee drinking (but are enthusiastic about coffee enemas). Certainly if you overindulge the…

Attack of the Killer Tadpoles

I’ve written before about the toxins secreted by the Cane Toad. The toad’s venom is a complex mix of chemicals. The most important is related to digoxin, the toxin found in the Foxglove plant, and works…

A Cloudy Transit of Venus

The iTelescope SSO webcam is going well with some dropouts, http://www.ustream.tv/channel/itelescope The Universe Today webcam is going strong. http://www.universetoday.com/95630/watch-the-transit-of-venus-live…