drugs

Drug Cartel Hid A Secret Camera Surveillance System In A Mexican Town

CCTV and other security cameras are meant to stop crime, but an ingenious drug ring in a Mexican border town turned the lens back on the police, hiding an elaborate secret system of internet-controlled security cameras as a counter-surveillance program.


Making Heroin Could One Day Be As Easy As Brewing Beer

Breakthroughs in synthetic biology have suggested a bizarre and realistic possibility for the future of black market drug trade. Genetically-altered yeast could be used to make opiates for hospitals seeking a source of the painkillers — and then appropriated by drug dealers who want to homebrew heroin.


How Anabolic Steroids Make You Stronger (And How They Destroy You)

The quick and dirty route to gaining strength is to take some kind of anabolic steroid. These drugs actually trick the body into building up muscle mass and endurance — but they can also age you far beyond your years.


Don't Take This Facebook-Branded Designer Drug

This is what an internet icon looks like when it’s been turned into potentially lethal street drug. The National Public Health and Medical Officer Service (NPHMOS) in Budapest, Hungary has just issued a warning on Facebook saying 15 people have been hospitalised due to a new, Facebook-branded synthetic drug.


The US Is Finally Getting Access To A Promising Cancer Drug From Cuba

Tourism isn’t the only industry eager to benefit from the relaxing of the decades-long trade embargo against Cuba. Medical researchers on both of sides of the Straits of Florida now have the chance to collaborate with previously off-limits colleagues. Of particular interest to the US is a Cuban lung cancer drug that took 25 years to develop.


How The Tesla Battery Will Benefit Marijuana Growers

A medium-sized commercial weed grow with around 50 lights stands to save about $US13,500 in electricity costs a year with the use of two Tesla Batteries. Those will also protect the plants in case of power outages while making the operation less visible to law enforcement. Elon Musk just made growing weed easier.


Scientists Are Brewing Medieval Potions To Fight Hospital Superbugs

Last month, a microbiology lab in Nottingham, England made international headlines when it unearthed a substance that kills methicillin-resistant staph, one of the deadliest superbugs of modern times. The most astounding part about the find? It was a 1000-year-old Viking potion.


Convicted Silk Road Kingpin Ross Ulbricht Won't Be Getting A Retrial

The Silk Road’s convicted kingpin won’t get a new trial, a judge ruled today. A motion for retrial filed by Ross Ulbricht’s defence team was rejected by Judge Katherine Forrest.


US Authorities Were Dragnet-Spying On Billions Of American Phone Calls For Decades 

Indiscriminate spying was the DEA’s blunt force weapon of choice in its “War on Drugs”. The Drug Enforcement Agency and the Justice Department tracked billions of Americans’ phone calls, even people not suspected of crimes, for decades — and it looks like collateral damage wasn’t much of a concern.


These Posters Show Your Brain On Drugs

If you haven’t experimented long and hard with the full spectrum of mind-altering substances drug dealers can sell you, it’s difficult to work out what different highs will do to your grey matter. Sure, you could read Wikipedia; or, you can look at this wonderfully minimalist poster series instead.