Do untraceable poisons exist? Were there really poison epidemics in the 1850s? Why do so many murderous doctors choose poisoning? And how can the same toxic substances help save your life? We delve into the archives for answer.
Fact of the day #1 Drinking absolutely pure water can kill you. All the water we normally drink – from taps, from bottles, from the garden hose – contains impurities which affect a property of water called tonicity. This is the ability of a solution to draw or repel water from ajacent solutions when separated by […]
If you own cows, don’t feed them mouldy beet silage – it could be their last meal. Experts were called to a farm in Belgium recently to investigate why cattle were refusing their food and dying. They found that mould on the cows’ feed contained a powerful neurotoxin. It’s the first observed link between ingestion […]
Apart from a few eccentric Germans, being eaten is probably the last thing any of us would ever like to have happen to us. The same is true throughout the rest of the animal kingdom, of course, with millions of adaptations evolving to help prevent such an occurrence happening. Many of these adaptations are pretty […]