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Madison, WI
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Book author (The Poisoner's Handbook). Blogger (Wired Science). Journalist. Professor (The University of Wisconsin). Chemistry Geek (Total).

Ask Well: Arsenic in Rice Crackers?

well.blogs.nytimes.com — 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.

Atavist | Angel Killer

atavist.com — 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.

Asbestos controversy blows in Nevada wind

old.seattletimes.com — 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.

Murder and the Birth of Forensic Medicine in Jazz Age New York

goodreads.com — The Poisoner's Handbook: Murder and the Birth of Forensic Medicine in Jazz Age New York by Deborah Blum is on Mason's read shelf. Mason gave this book 4...

The Poisonous Chemistry of Chocolate

wired.com — 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.

A Controversy in the Wind

nytimes.com — 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.

Lapham’s Quarterly

laphamsquarterly.org — 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.

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Pure-food worshippers put their health at risk-especially when they drink unpasteurized milk.

slate.com — 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...

The Best Science Books of 2014

sciencefriday.com — 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!
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May 21, 2015

RT @Brizzyc: Why do we keep ignoring the black women who die from police brutality? Nice piece by @DeronDalton madamenoire.com/533847/why-do-… #socialj

May 21, 2015

RT @LiveAndLeadLong: Why You Can't Lose Weight But Your Best Friend Can On The Same Diet forbes.com/sites/tarahael… @tarahaelle Great article!

May 21, 2015

@DLHDara @POTUS I'm glad to see it called out though. Mostly these guys just crawl back under their rocks.

May 21, 2015

@HarrietBrown @POTUS I think our GOP politicians, often disrespectful, have helped make our "closet" racists more comfortable with this.

May 21, 2015

Sickening and, sigh, not surprising. But wish it was: Obama’s Twitter Debut, @POTUS, Attracts Hate-Filled Posts nyti.ms/1dndWQ4

May 21, 2015

Infographic from @nytimes that looks at water cost of what we eat: "Your Contribution to the California Drought" nyti.ms/1BeUABA

May 21, 2015

RT @carlzimmer: In @QuantaMagazine I write about an expedition to chart the ocean’s 10000000000000000000000000000000 viruses. quantamagazine.org/20150521-ocean…

May 21, 2015

Data Of 1.1 Million Users of Health Care Company, CareFirst, Stolen In Cyberattack buzzfeed.com/sheerafrenkel/… via @sheeraf @buzzfeednews

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