Plastic Food Packaging Could be Poisoning Us, Warn Scientists

The acres of plastic that wraps our food stuff and stops it going limp could be causing long-term damage to our health, according to researchers, with nasty stuff -- including tiny does of formaldehyde -- leeching from packaging into the stuff we consume. Read More >>

Inside a Lethal Exhibit Dedicated to the Power of Poison

Poison can be a curse, a killer, and even a medicine, an alchemical substance that appears in everything from myth to literature. You might not think of poison as being this multifaceted, but that's exactly what the American Museum of Natural History's new exhibit, The Power of Poison, delightfully urges you to do. Read More >>

Poison-Eating "Super Rats" Spreading Across the UK

The use of poison in the UK is having one very unfortunate side effect, in that we're effectively breeding a super-race of rats that are immune to current poisons and happily chomp away on rat poison like it's a pleasant snack left out for them by their caring owners. Read More >>

Sainsbury's Bananas in "Death Spiders" PR Crisis

A London family was ordered to run out of their home by a pest control team, after a batch of deadly spiders crawled out of their bunch of Sainsbury's bananas. Read More >>

The New Deadliest Substance Known to Man Is Top Secret (For Now)

Scientists recently discovered a new type of botulinum toxin (a.k.a. botox) that they believe is the deadliest substance known to man. Because they've yet to discover an antitoxin, researchers won't publish the details of gene sequence due to security concerns—a first for the scientific community. Thank God. Read More >>

This 700-Year-Old Ring Was Used to Poison Kings

Should you have happened to find yourself dining with Bulgarian royalty 700 years ago and the wine tasted a bit off, you would have been smart to put the goblet down. Bulgarian archaeologists have just discovered a medieval bronze ring explicitly designed to poison political foes — in the most discreet way possible. Read More >>

Cockroaches Are Evolving to Avoid Poison; Will Rule Us All

Think twice before stomping the lights out of the next cockroach you come across—you're going to want them to return the favour after the takeover. Thanks to new research on this most vexatious blight of mankind, we can now say more or less definitively that the despised cockroach will, in fact, come to rule us all. Because, apparently, they're developing the ability to outsmart our attempts at poisoning them dead. Read More >>

Early 1900s Cure-All Medicines Would Actually Kill You Dead

There are plenty of reasons to be thankful that you don't live in the early 1900s (child labour laws, air conditioning, what have you), but just in case you've been feeling nostalgic for simpler times, new research from the University of Detroit Mercy should put those wistful fantasies to rest. After chemically analysing several dozen patent medicines from around the dawn of the 20th century, chemist Mark Benvenuto found that many of these completely unfounded "miracle cures" contained toxins such as lead, mercury, and even arsenic. Read More >>

Guam's Solving Its Snake Problem With a Horrifying Rain of Poisoned Mouse Paratroopers

Guam has a problem with brown tree snakes. Specifically, it has two million brown tree snakes, and they're slowly decimating the country's other native species. So scientists have come up with a solution, the only logical one really: fill a bunch of dead mice with painkillers, give each corpse a tiny parachute, and throw them all out of helicopters into the jungle. No but really. Read More >>

Snake Bites Man, Man Bites Snake; MAN WINS

Rice farmer Mohammed Salmodin struck a great blow for mankind against the reptilian world, biting a poisonous cobra to death after it dared to bite him. Read More >>

The History of Sux, the Word's Most Discreet Murder Weapon

You might notice the sting of the injection. Within seconds you'd realise you're having trouble moving your eyes and fingers, followed by your arms and legs. If you were standing, you'd collapse. In a heap on the floor, you'd realise nearly every muscle in your body was paralysed. Being fully conscious, your sense of panic would be rising as rapidly as the paralysis was spreading. Swallowing and breathing has become more and more difficult. Slipping into unconsciousness, your last conscious thought may well be "I am going to die." Read More >>

Man Killed With Poisonous Umbrella

This is really bad: a man hit with a poisonous umbrella in a street of Hannover, Germany, has died after a long struggle in the hospital. It sounds like a James Bond movie, except that it's real and it sucks. This is what happened: Read More >>


Don't have a Gizmodo UK account?