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Rosin Cerate
My name is Chris. I have a PhD and write about drugs and microbes.
My name is Chris. I have a PhD and write about drugs and microbes.
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World's worst hickeys: Cupping is weird and potentially dangerous
In an effort to reduce pain or fix other health problems, some people will submit to having suction temporarily applied to various regions of their skin, usually the neck, shoulders, and back, via a collection of plastic or glass cups. This is known as cupp...
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Fungi found flourishing following fire
Morels and several other fungi (all members of the order Pezizales ) are known to produce their mushrooms in recently burned soil, whether it's the result of a nice little campfire or an entire forest going up in smoke. The fire creates the right conditions...
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The Internet asks me about smelly things
Whenever I'm working on a new post, I like to take a bit of time to check in on the stats for this blog. I'm particularly interested in what people are typing into their search engines to find their way here. For whatever reason, a post I wrote about what p...
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Weird stuff found in recreational drugs: Cocaine edition
This is the fifth and final post in a series on strange substances accidentally or intentionally added to street drugs. When you're done here, check out the posts on alcohol , meth , opioids , and pot/LSD . If a drug is being sold illegally, chances are its...
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Weird stuff found in recreational drugs: Pot/LSD edition
Over the course of the autumn of 2007, hospitals near Leipzig, Germany admitted 29 people because they inadvertently smoked weed contaminated with lead. Yep, some dealer decided it was a good idea to drop a bunch of small lead particles into the marijuana t...
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Weird stuff found in recreational drugs: Opioid edition
This is the third post in a series on strange substances accidentally or intentionally added to street drugs. When you're done here, check out the posts on alcohol and meth . Opioids are drugs that affect the human body by binding to a group of related prot...
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Weird stuff found in recreational drugs: Meth edition
As Breaking Bad has taught us, the clandestine manufacture of methamphetamine is a very dangerous undertaking. It involves the use of many harmful substances, which depending on the synthesis method include highly corrosive acids and bases, cancer-causing b...
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Weird stuff found in recreational drugs: Alcohol edition
Today's post is the first in a series I'm going to write about extra ingredients found in illicit recreational drugs. One of the major issues with street drugs is their manufacture and distribution is often poorly regulated. This means they can accidentally...
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Burning seaweed to make glass and avoid a lumpy neck
Seaweed is one of those tricky biological groups, as membership isn't just about being a close relative. It typically includes plant-like organisms found among several types of algae - green, brown, and red - and depending on who you're talking to also incl...
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Identifying infections by their stench?
Bacteria tend to smell. A classic example is the geosmin -producing Streptomyces species responsible for the nice earthy scent of freshly dug up soil. In general, though, bacteria have unpleasant odours. Just think of cheese, armpits, and poop. Lots of bact...
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