For combustion to occur, oxygen must be present. Ammonium nitrate prills provide a much more concentrated supply of oxygen than the air around us.
A chemical refined from the blue, copper-based blood of horseshoe crabs helps identify contaminants in medical equipment inserted into humans.
Researchers know the basic biology of what happens to your system after a night of heavy drinking. Unfortunately, evidence-based cures for the common hangover are still at the investigation stage.
Cape monkfish caught from some areas off Namibia's coast should be screened for mercury and other heavy metals.
Researchers have just discovered a new species of bacteria that cranks out a deadly toxin. In a common arrangement in the marine environment, a slug and alga both use this toxin for their own defense.
Household rat poison is endangering caracals, and other wildlife species in Cape Town, that prey on poisoned rodents. If not managed, this can negatively alter the region's ecosystem.
It doesn't always pay to know what's really in your food – but it's fun to find out, anyway.
Possible causes of limb malformations in babies born in rural areas of France.
Harmful pesticides have been found in the widely consumed sharptooth catfish found in a river that runs through Johannesburg.
Big solar has a potentially bright future in cities, but we need to get the planning right first.
Beneath their beautiful, flashing facade some female fireflies are ruthless predators.
Meet the brawny bug with a concoction so caustic it'll make a toad vomit.
Diet books aren't just fluff. They offer a powerful insight into who Americans are – and how we wish the world could be.
Plants produce toxic fruit for everything from deterring fungi to causing constipation.
It sounds weird, but releasing small cane toads ahead of the main invasion front can help predators learn to avoid the biggest, most toxic ones. Here's exactly how it works.
A natural byproduct could clean up polluted and war-ravaged land.
Does the liver really respond to an over-the-counter product that claims to 'detoxify' or 'heal' its function?
Parkinson’s disease is the second-most-prevalent neurodegenerative condition in Australia, with an estimated 70,000 living with the disease. But what do we know about the causes and risk factors?
The University of Michigan-Flint puts experts from academia in the same room as Flint community members, an innovative model for educating the community and forming the public health response.
It's not just Australia's animals that can be deadly, there are plenty of dangerous plants too.