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

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Pure-food worshippers put their health at risk-especially when they drink unpasteurized milk. — 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 — We're making our book list and checking it twice. Pulitzer Prize-winning science journalist Deborah Blum and 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!

A Warning on Nutmeg — In these early days of the holiday season, as cooks begin sifting through recipes rich in spice and sugar, consider this small warning from toxicologists: Measure your nutmeg carefully. Very carefully. Of all the well-loved seasonal spices, nutmeg stands out for its long and slightly twisted history.

A Heart Risk in Drinking Water — Ana Navas-Acien can't quite recall the moment when she began to worry about arsenic in drinking water and its potential role in heart disease. Perhaps it was when she read a study suggesting a link among people in Bangladesh. And a similar study in Taiwan. And in Chile.

On Cyanide and the Homicidal Scientist — A University of Pittsburgh researcher was in court today in West Virginia (where he was stopped by police during a road trip). The occasion was an extradition hearing which began the process of returning him to Pennsylvania for trial. And the charge against him there was murder, the cyanide poisoning of his wife and scientific colleague in April.

The Best American Science and Nature Writing 2014 — This year's Best American Science and Nature Writing is even broader than usual, including stories on climate, wildlife, genetics, cosmology, medicine, and more. None of the articles is too technical for a curious general reader. And to top it off, it's an especially fat volume, clocking in at just over 300 pages.

The Best American Science and Nature Writing 2014 — Deborah Blum DEBORAH BLUM is a Pulitzer-prize winning journalist and the author of five books, including The Poisoner's Handbook. She writes about environmental chemistry for The New York Times at Poison Pen and is a blogger for Wired at Elemental. Read More Tim Folger TIM FOLGER is a contributing editor at Discover and writes about science for several magazines.

A Rising Tide of Contaminants — Deborah Swackhamer, a professor of environmental health sciences at the University of Minnesota, decided last year to investigate the chemistry of the nearby Zumbro River. She and her colleagues were not surprised to find traces of pesticides in the water. Neither were they shocked to find prescription drugs ranging from antibiotics to the anti-convulsive carbamazepine.

Poisoning Your Lover's Coffee. Or Tea. Or Smoothie. Or... — Ethylene glycol is not some special toxic compound uniquely available to medical researchers - it's a garden-variety substance , a located in countless garages and businesses kind of poison. That's why, unfortunately, it tends to be one of our favorite homicidal poisons, writes Wired Science blogger Deborah Blum.
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