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

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.

In Plastics and Cans, a Threat to Women — A few years ago, Jodi Flaws, a bioscientist at the University of Illinois, began testing a theory about the risks to women posed by the widely used industrial compound bisphenol A, or BPA. A series of studies had suggested that it could damage developing ovaries. But nobody knew how.

Taking things on faith — In February 2012, I wrote my first piece as a Tracker for the Knight Science Journalism program. If you know my fascination with all things poisonous, it won't surprise you to know that it was about heavy metals in lipstick.

After 'The Knick': 7 Fascinating Books on the History of Medicine — Eric Johnson, Eve Hewson, Clive Owen in 'The Knick'/Image © Mary Cybulski/Cinemax In case it's not made its way to your radar yet, Steven Soderbergh ("Behind the Candelabra," "Side Effects," "Magic Mike," "Ocean's Eleven") has a new series beginning on Cinemax on August 8.

More on Single-Study Syndrome — In a post this week about a carefully hyped - and controlled - release of information about a French study on GM crops, I quoted New York Times blogger Andy Revkin talking about " single-study syndrome, the habit of the more aggressive camps of advocates surrounding hot issues (e.g., climate, chemical exposure, fracking) to latch onto and push studies supporting an agenda, no matter how tenuous - or dubious - the research might be."

The Curious Case of the Poisoned Cows — One morning in early June, a Texas rancher turned 18 cattle out to graze. Within a few hours, only three were still alive. Elemental blogger and poison aficionado Deborah Blum explains the curious chain of events that led to the inadvertent cull -- and the widespread misconceptions of the cause.
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Oct 20, 2014

RT @stevesilberman: Authors retract paper making extravagant claims for green coffee bean diet touted by Dr. Oz - via @ivanoransky

Oct 20, 2014

RT @ashleybraun: Coyotes in Chicago cross the street by using street lights and looking at direction of oncoming traffic. Safety first! #sciwri14

Oct 20, 2014

RT @carlzimmer: The New York Times is organizing a journey to the Galapagos Islands in July. I’ll be on board. Join us!…

Oct 20, 2014

+1 RT @Myrmecos: @alexnazaryan That's a deeply condescending and unprofessional thing to say to a science writer. @ejwillingham @Newsweek

Oct 20, 2014

There Is No “Alternative Medicine”: Interesting look at the debate over heavy metals & chelation… cc @GLamasMD

Oct 20, 2014

Ind. police find 7 bodies after man confesses to killings via @usatoday

Oct 20, 2014

Just imagine him in the White House: Before Bigger Stage, Walker Must Win Wisconsin

Oct 20, 2014

RT @GarethIdeas: congrats best amer. infographics contribs: your book’s at #137 on amazon #BAI2014

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