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How A Bee Sting Saved My Life

Ellie Lobel was ready to die. Then she was attacked by bees. Christie Wilcox hears how venom can be a saviour.


Nootropics And The Lab Rats Of Reddit

Eric Matzner tells me he takes 30 to 40 pills a day. He is 27 and perfectly healthy. Thanks to the pills, he says he hasn’t had a cold in years. More importantly, the regime is supposed to optimise the hell out of his brain, smoothing right over the ravages of ageing, sleep deprivation and hangovers.


What It's Like To Quit Drugs By Blocking The Highs

If you could take the high out of drugs, what would be the point in taking them? Sujata Gupta meets the unorthodox doctor who thinks he can block some of the world’s most addictive pills.


Why A Silk Road Retrial Is Necessary 

It only took a few hours for a jury to convict Ross Ulbricht of running the infamous online drug marketplace Silk Road, so the urge to write off Ulbricht’s lawyer’s bid for a retrial as a desperate move is understandable. But desperate or not, a retrial is important, and it should be granted. Because the FBI evidence that led to Ulbricht’s guilt may not have been collected legally.


Girl Scout Cookies, Or California's Most Notorious Strain Of Cannabis

I first heard of Girl Scout Cookies a few years ago, shortly after I got my prescription for marijuana in California. I went into my local dispensary and asked for whatever buds they had that smelled the nicest. “Have you tried Girl Scout Cookies?” the woman behind the counter asked. “It’s famous.”


Chocolate Was Once Considered A Powerful Cure-All Drug 

Feeling a bit under the weather? Have some chocolate: the best medical minds of the seventeenth century claim that it will cure just about anything. Seriously.


How Research Scientists Get Free Illegal Drugs From The US Government 

On an obscure web page that looks like it’s been barely updated in the last decade there’s a link to download a PDF with the unassuming name of “NDSP Catalogue“. Click it and you’ll find pretty much every drug you can dream up: meth, cocaine, heroin, MDMA — nearly 800 compounds in all. Welcome to the scientist’s stash of illegal drugs, available for free from the US government.


This Drone Crashed While Trying To Deliver 2.7kg Of Meth

The future of drug smuggling lies not with stomachs lined with coke-filled condoms or baboons ferrying floating smack balloon parcels, but with high-flying drones. Or at least it would if the dealers could keep the things from crashing.


Ulbricht Admits To Founding Online Drug Site, Says He's No Drug Dealer

The first day of the trial of Ross Ulbricht, alleged kingpin behind The Silk Road, is over with just one bombshell revelation: Ulbricht is admitting that he founded the website. But he’s denying being the drug-dealing mastermind the feds make him out to be.


Doctors Used To Harvest Penicillin From Urine

Despite all the wonderful advancements in medical science, humanity does forget about a clever technique from time to time. Case in point: we used to recycle non-processed penicillin from patient’s urine and now we don’t anymore.