What’s the Most Toxic Chemical?

People say America doesn’t make things anymore. But what about toxic chemicals? We make so many of those, we throw half of them in rivers, for free. The problem is, it can be hard to get a handle on which of those chemicals are extremely toxic and which of them are merely somewhat toxic. If one or another shows up in a scan of your stomach, should you freak out or just be grateful it wasn’t something worse? For this week’s Giz Asks, we reached out to a number of experts to find out what the most toxic chemical is. Read More >>

Shampoos, Perfumes, and Other Cosmetics Send Thousands of Kids to A&E Every Year

Nail polish removers and other personal care products are sending a shocking number of young kids in the U.S. to A&E, according to a new study out Monday. Nearly 65,000 children under the age of five have been treated for “cosmetic-related injuries” in hospital in the 15 years leading up to 2016, the study found. Read More >>

Counter-Terrorism Officials Are Investigating Two More Novichok Poisonings in the UK

Neil Basu, Britain’s top counter-terrorism official, announced on Wednesday evening that a couple poisoned in the county of Wiltshire appear to have been exposed to Novichok, the Soviet-era nerve agent behind the poisoning of former double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia in Salisbury earlier this year. Read More >>

Poisonous Books Discovered in Danish University Library

Something is toxic in the state of Denmark, as a pair of researchers recently discovered while archiving books at a university library. Read More >>

Russia: Well, Maybe It Was Actually the UK That Poisoned Our Ex-Spy With Our Soviet-Era Nerve Agent

According to the BBC, Russian ambassador to the European Union Vladimir Chizhov now says that the nerve agent used in the poisoning of 66-year-old former Russian spy-turned-double-agent Sergei Skripal and his 33-year-old daughter Yulia Skripal in Salisbury may have actually came from a nearby British lab. Read More >>

Authorities to People Who Came Near Suspected Russian Nerve Agent: Please Wash Your Clothes

Authorities have advised members of the public who may have been in attendance at a pub or a restaurant in Salisbury to wash their clothes and clean personal items with wet wipes after a former Russian spy, his daughter, and a police officer were found poisoned with a nerve agent. Read More >>

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Can Joker Venom Be Real?

As long as there has been a Joker—and we’re going on eighty years with this guy—there has been, as well, a Joker venom. It debuted alongside him, in 1940s Batman #1, and has been a part of his arsenal ever since. Read More >>

An Alarming Number of Kids Are Getting Sick From Drinking Hand Sanitisers

Alcohol-based hand sanitisers are practically everywhere these days, but a new government report suggests an increasing number of children are ingesting these products and getting quite sick. Troublingly, many of these kids are drinking sanitisers to get a quick buzz from the alcohol. Read More >>

Tourists Kill Bahamas’ Swimming Pigs Because We Can’t Have Anything Nice

Some days, humans just generally suck. And then there are days when you realise why this planet is trying so hard to just wipe us out. Read More >>

Wimbledon in Poisoning Storm After Gabriella Taylor’s Leptospirosis Nightmare

First Crufts, now Wimbledon. Scotland Yard is investigating claims that junior tennis player Gabriella Taylor was poisoned at the tournament last month. Read More >>

Accused Dating Site Serial Killer Faces Multitude of Additional Charges

Possible serial killer Stephen Port, who's already charged with drugging and killing four men he met through gay dating sites, has had more charges added to his record of shame, including failed poisonings, rapes and other assaults. Read More >>

A Common Artificial Sweetener is Poisoning Dogs

Xylitol is an artificial sweetener found in everything from toothpaste to peanut butter to sugar-free gum. And, it turns out, it poisons dogs. Read More >>

Ancient Ancestor of Two Notorious Poisons Looks Dangerously Delicious

Amber delivers a slice of ancient life, showing us everything from early predation to the earliest preserved erect penis. Now, in a 30-year-old amber collection, scientists have found the earliest ancestor of those famous drawing-room mystery poisons, strychnine and curare. Read More >>

Here Is Yet Another Reason to Fear Geese

We all know that geese are loud, obnoxious devil-birds which attack in packs. Here’s another nasty trick. One kind of goose deliberately doses itself with poison, so it will kill anyone who eats it. Read More >>

How Much [X] Could You Eat Before It Would Kill You?

Toxicologists have a saying that "the dose makes the poison", meaning that anything and everything can kill you in large enough quantities. So here we take five incredibly common (and usually benign) foods and household items to their illogical conclusion. Ever contemplated eating 480 bananas? Don't do it. Read More >>