A Foods that contain rice, including rice crackers and vinegar, routinely contain some level of arsenic, scientists say, as do products like rice cakes, rice wine and cereals, and snack bars and baking mixes that contain rice flour or bran. But it's unclear how serious a health risk they pose.
In the mid-1920s, young children began to vanish from neighborhoods around New York City. It took the police a decade to find their abductor, an unassuming 64-year-old handyman named Albert Fish. Fish had committed crimes of unspeakable horror: He had not only abducted and murdered the children, but also tortured and, in some cases, eaten them.
Originally published Saturday, February 21, 2015 at 6:05 AM For the past few years, geologists Brenda Buck and Rodney Metcalf have combed the wild terrain of southern Nevada, analyzing its stony dunes and rocky outcroppings - and to their dismay, tallying mounting evidence of a landscape filled with asbestos.
In honor of Valentine's Day, I am posting an updated version of an earlier, favorite piece about the chemistry of chocolate: The Latin name for the cacao tree - the tropical plant source of all things chocolate - consists of two words packed with candy-loving scientific exuberance. Theobroma cacao.
For the past few years, the geologists Brenda Buck and Rodney Metcalf have combed the wild terrain of southern Nevada, analyzing its stony dunes and rocky outcroppings - and to their dismay, tallying mounting evidence of a landscape filled with asbestos.
The following menu for a 1902 Christmas dinner party stands-as far as I know-as one of the most unusual ever printed. And also one of the least appetizing. Apple Sauce. Borax. Soup. Borax. Turkey. Borax. Borax. Canned Stringed Beans. Sweet Potatoes. White Potatoes. Turnips. Borax. Chipped Beef. Cream Gravy. Cranberry Sauce.
In February 1907, a New York physician discovered that his longtime dairy supplier had switched to pasteurized milk. He so detested the practice-not to mention the taste-that, as he wrote to the New York Times, he would rather "run the risk of typhoid, scarlet fever, diphtheria, and tuberculosis rather than...
We're making our book list and checking it twice. Pulitzer Prize-winning science journalist Deborah Blum and io9.com editor Annalee Newitz join Ira Flatow to share their top science, technology, and environmental books of 2014. Have a favorite? Share it in the comments and add your pick to the list!