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

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!

A Warning on Nutmeg

well.blogs.nytimes.com — 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

well.blogs.nytimes.com — 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.
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Mar 06, 2015

RT @charlesornstein: Late to this, but worth a read. The Supreme Court Has the Power to Deepen a National Health Divide nyti.ms/1DMKKXY via @UpshotNYT

Mar 06, 2015

Great true crime here! RT @KathrynCasey: Thirty years as a crime writer; my memorable cases for just .99. Final days. amazon.com/Murder-Write-J…

Mar 06, 2015

@coweaver @schemaly Don't think it's an outrage story. Just a statement of how frustrated people are w India's failure to address this.

Mar 06, 2015

The Town From "True Blood" Is Home to Toxic Explosive Storage (that the EPA Fears Will Blow Up) motherjones.com/environment/20… via @motherjones

Mar 06, 2015

RT @MLBrook: Thought inspiring piece by @alomshaha - "Teachers, not Nobel Laureates, are the experts in how to teach science": theguardian.com/science/politi…

Mar 06, 2015

RT @farmnewsjock: USDA APHIS confirms bird flu in a commercial turkey flock in Pope County, in west-central MN. H5N2 strain is same as in PNW wild birds.

Mar 06, 2015

RT @schemaly: Mob of thousands breaks into Indian jail and lynches rape suspect nbcnews.to/1Kxeq4r

Mar 06, 2015

RT @guardianeco: Read an extract of Naomi Klein's book, This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs the Climate theguardian.com/environment/20… pic.twitter.com/UiLXxKMf2k

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