Tag: Poisoning and Poisons

For Poison Dart Frogs, Markings Matter When It Comes to Survival

The fanciful colored markings of poison dart frogs are a warning to predators: If you eat me, you’ll regret it. These tiny, colorful creatures secrete bitter toxins in their skin, and birds have come to associate their distinctive markings with danger. The frogs’ chemical defenses can cause swelling, paralysis and sometimes even death. Their markings […]

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A Murdered Spy’s Widow Relives Her Loss Onstage

LONDON — In November 2006, Marina Litvinenko watched her husband, Alexander, die in a London hospital. The Russian spy-turned-whistle-blower — whom she called Sasha — had drunk green tea laced with the radioactive element polonium. President Vladimir V. Putin probably approved the murder, a public inquiry in Britain later said. Last Friday, Ms. Litvinenko went […]

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‘Tasting Funny for Years’: Lead in the Water and a City in Crisis

NEWARK — Donnette Goodluck tried all day to pick up the free bottled water the city was distributing as officials addressed a growing lead contamination crisis. When she first arrived at Boylan Street Recreation Center last Tuesday at 10:30 a.m., the line wrapped around the block; Ms. Goodluck and others were told to come back […]

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Facing Opposition, E.P.A. Backtracks on Use of ‘Cyanide Bombs’ to Kill Wild Animals

The federal Environmental Protection Agency on Thursday withdrew its support for the continued use of so-called cyanide bombs to protect livestock from predators, reversing course amid strong opposition to the practice. The E.P.A. administrator, Andrew R. Wheeler, said he was withdrawing an interim reauthorization for the use of M-44 devices, which are used to kill […]

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Drinking Bleach Won’t Cure Cancer or Anything Else, F.D.A. Says

The Food and Drug Administration was dragged into the online world of medical misinformation this week, telling consumers not to drink bleach solutions that are being marketed as cures for autism, cancer, H.I.V./AIDS and other medical conditions. It was the latest example of how health authorities must sometimes pit science against the viral power of […]

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Trump Administration Reauthorizes Use of ‘Cyanide Bombs’ to Kill Wild Animals

Despite strong opposition from environmentalists and others, the federal Environmental Protection Agency announced this past week that it had reauthorized the use of spring-loaded poison devices known as “cyanide bombs” to kill coyotes, foxes and other animals that prey on livestock. The devices, officially called M-44s, have been used continuously for more than four decades […]

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Fears of Navalny Poisoning Are Rooted in Previous Attacks on Kremlin Foes

MOSCOW — The hospital treating the Russian opposition leader Aleksei A. Navalny sent him back to prison on Monday, despite the strenuous objection of his doctor, who said he had apparently been poisoned with a “toxic agent” in the wake of some of the largest anti-Kremlin protests held in Moscow for years. The doctor, Anastasy […]

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19 Deaths in Costa Rica Tied to Tainted Alcohol, Officials Say

Nineteen people in Costa Rica died from tainted alcohol over the past two months, according to health officials, who have issued a national alert and confiscated around 30,000 bottles of alcohol. The deaths in June and July span the country, and most likely were caused by methanol poisoning, according to a statement the country’s health […]

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