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World's worst hickeys: Cupping is weird and potentially dangerous

Fungi found flourishing following fire

The Internet asks me about smelly things

Weird stuff found in recreational drugs: Cocaine edition

Weird stuff found in recreational drugs: Pot/LSD edition

Weird stuff found in recreational drugs: Opioid edition

Weird stuff found in recreational drugs: Meth edition

Weird stuff found in recreational drugs: Alcohol edition

Burning seaweed to make glass and avoid a lumpy neck

Identifying infections by their stench?

Antimicrobial antenna bacteria of bee-hunting wasps

Why antibiotics in ointments differ from those in pills

Breathing Bordeaux is entirely different from drinking it!

Gently frying your eyeballs at work

Almost lichens: Green algae growing on mushrooms

Tales from the pharmaceutical minor leagues

Return of the wild: How nature breaks down what we build up

Some fungi are into dead bodies and waste piles

Extreme slam dunk injuries

Extracting goo from corpses to better understand them

Springtime nature goo

Elements around the world: A map filled with science

Parsley, prohibition, and machine gun oil: A sorrowful history of tricresyl phosphate poisoning

Green fungi for a certain March-based holiday

How machines used to resurface ice rinks can also resurface your lungs

Anesthesia, cancer, and the wrong pipe: A quick tour of cycloalkanes

Making booze feel bad

Identifying a shooter by their snot

How bacteria and fungi can poison the air

How coconuts bring harm and healing

The secret pharmacological life of the humble avocado

Heartbreaking drugs: A Valentine's Day special

Life amid acidity near a smoldering part of the Arctic

Weird small holes in the woods

A probiotic E. coli from the trenches of World War I

Bacteria can turn chocolate pudding green

The meanest of the mistletoes

A sewage-loving, foam-making, spaghetti-resembling bacterium

On the smells of wood: Pencils, dill pickles, and gesundheit

The many names of silicosis

Pallor, green sickness, and blue-grey patches: The colours of broken blood

A famous fungal family born of war and deadly radiation

A piping hot plant-fungus-virus three-way

Enzymes we use at home

Poronia punctata grows sepia golf tees and tussles with its poop neighbours

That time we used a blue bacterium to kill its relatives

Mondays at the dynamite factory are particularly bad

The dancing eyes of coal miners and deuterium drinkers

A corrosive bacterium that hunts in packs and smells like rain

Chocolate agar: Enjoyed by people and meningitis-causing bacteria alike

The blue dye that helped turn a woman green

Afflictions of early automobile users

Microbe-made musical mouthpiece malaise

Early wrong ideas about how our glands work

Freak bacterial skin infections in hockey players

Savin juniper likes mountains and dislikes diabetes

An ultra-rare and DNA-rich relative of the coconut

Killing microbes with copper and silver

The wonderful yields of crop buddies

Using fungi to make pretty wood

Natural antibacterial agents from the time before penicillin

Bacteria and fungi we've introduced to Antarctica

Dogtooth violets aren't violets, but resemble fish and teeth

Thiaminases poison animals by destroying an essential vitamin

A brief history of opium-based medicines named for people

The pharmacology of flatulence

A super short microbial tour of Paris tombs

Changing body colours with drugs and poisons

Weird colours of bones and teeth

A bacterium that loves hot water, eating sugar, and bending itself into balls

Border barrier biology!

What we know about fungi and cured meats

Weird drug logic

Xanthophyllomyces dendrorhous brightens up lobsters and leaking trees

A tale of leeches and imminent nuclear war

Fuels and fungi: A love story

Sodium formaldehyde sulfoxylate is a picky antidote

Bacteria can colour our insides!

Inadvertently edible tiny food-based animals

Argania spinosa has goat ornaments and makes a useful oil

A short history of a tree-killing anesthetic gas

Nutrient oasis is just a nice way of saying rotting corpse

Sometimes a drug is just a specific bit of animal flesh

Juicing for fungi and oomycetes

A tough bacterium that lives in poisoned soils and pulls gold out of water

Chitotriosidase hurts chitin-makers and indicates inflammatory diseases

Element breath!

Extremely harmful chemicals have all sorts of smells

Colour changing fruits and veggies

Molecular bits of living things with fun names

Oak bump medicine

Using bacteria to look for oil and gas

Cobalt speeds us up and slows us down

Prototheca are shoddy algae that eat oil, sewage, tree gunk, and people

Poisons once used as medicines

A map of where stuff is mined in Canada

How houseflies resist the toxic effects of DDT

Syzygites megalocarpus has good taste in mushrooms

Sulcatone makes our scent distinctly human, and mosquitoes have figured this out

Rabbit roulette: Atropinesterase and the ability to handle deadly nightshade

A bacterium that loves Roman mythology, sharing with worms, and playing with nitrogen

Three tons of thyroid glands and a girl named Margaret Tracy: The odd origins of medications

The unpleasant muddiness of crudely purified antibiotics

An unreasonably long list of mechanisms by which lakes are created

The art of using syrups to disguise bad tasting drugs

Chocolate agar: Enjoyed by people and meningitis-causing bacteria alike

A corrosive bacterium that hunts in packs and smells like rain

Mining drugs from microbes all over the world

The science behind Skyrim ingredients