Inside a Lethal Exhibit Dedicated to the Power of Poison

Poison can be a curse, a killer, and even a medicine—an alchemical substance that appears in everything from myth to literature. You might not think of poison as being this multifaceted, but that's exactly what the American Museum of Natural History's new exhibit—The Power of Poison—delightfully urges you to do. » 11/15/13 4:20pm 11/15/13 4:20pm

The New Deadliest Substance Known to Man Is Top Secret (For Now)

Scientists recently discovered a new type of botulinum toxin (a.k.a. botox) that they believe is the deadliest substance known to man. Because they've yet to discover an antitoxin, researchers won't publish the details of gene sequence due to security concerns—a first for the scientific community. Thank God. » 10/14/13 12:24pm 10/14/13 12:24pm

This 700-Year-Old Ring Was Used to Poison Kings

Should you have happened to find yourself dining with Bulgarian royalty 700 years ago and the wine tasted a bit off, you would have been smart to put the goblet down. Bulgarian archaeologists have just discovered a medieval bronze ring explicitly designed to poison political foes—in the most discreet way possible. » 8/22/13 12:40pm 8/22/13 12:40pm

Cockroaches Are Evolving to Avoid Poison, Will Rule Us All

Think twice before stomping the lights out of the next cockroach you come across—you're going to want them to return the favor after the takeover. Thanks to new research on this most vexatious blight of mankind, we can now say more or less definitively that the despised cockroach will, in fact, come to rule us all.… » 5/24/13 12:30pm 5/24/13 12:30pm

Early 1900s Cure-All Medicines Would Actually Kill You Dead

There are plenty of reasons to be thankful that you don't live in the early 1900s (child labor laws, air conditioning, what have you), but just in case you've been feeling nostalgic for simpler times, new research from the University of Detroit Mercy should put those wistful fantasies to rest. After chemically… » 4/08/13 1:20pm 4/08/13 1:20pm

Guam's Solving Its Snake Problem With a Horrifying Rain of Poisoned…

Guam has a problem with brown tree snakes. Specifically, it has two million brown tree snakes, and they're slowly decimating other native species. So scientists have come up with a solution, the only logical one really: fill a bunch of dead mice with painkillers, give each corpse a tiny parachute, and throw them all… » 2/22/13 5:20pm 2/22/13 5:20pm

The History of Sux, the World's Most Discreet Murder Weapon

You might notice the sting of the injection. Within seconds you'd realize you're having trouble moving your eyes and fingers, followed by your arms and legs. If you were standing, you'd collapse. In a heap on the floor, you'd realize nearly every muscle in your body was paralyzed. Being fully conscious, your sense of… » 5/28/12 1:00pm 5/28/12 1:00pm