Chemical spill in West Virginia: what IS that stuff?

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A few days ago a company called Freedom Industries spilled a massive amount of a licorice-scented compound called 4-methylcyclohexane methanol into the Elk River, contaminating local water supplies and forcing authorities to turn off the taps until they can determine … Continue reading

Science on crack, 4: The town that went insane

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In August of 1951, a strange epidemic struck the sleepy little town of Pont-Saint-Esprit in France. Over the course of a single day, hundreds of people lost their minds. A little boy tried to strangle his grandmother. A man realized … Continue reading

Science on crack, 3: When heroin was a drug you gave your children

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Guns ‘n Roses were infamous for their offstage antics, antics which inspired some of their most famous songs. “Mr. Brownstone” is a song about heroin, a drug with which GnR was very familiar, and the lyrics nicely illustrate why the drug … Continue reading