Treadmills Were Meant to Be Atonement Machines
America’s favorite piece of workout equipment was developed as a device for forced labor in British prisons. It was banned as cruel and inhumane by 1900.
She Gave Birth to Rabbits! (and Other Tales of Sooterkin)
Fancies breed strange children.
The Long Tradition of Dangerous “Cures”
Medical cures are usually too good to be true. Numerous doctors wrote to the prestigious British Medical Journal, reporting on their prescription of raw meat juice to patients.
When Scientists Perform Experiments on Themselves
More than one self-experiment has resulted in a Nobel Prize. Against all odds, and sometimes in spite of the damage they cause, these crazy gambits pay off.
Should Parents Fear the Sandbox?
The good news is that most parents living in sanitary environments really don’t need to worry about toxocariasis. The bad news is that toxocara may be yet another obstacle placed in front of disadvantaged children.
Was Lydia E. Pinkham the Queen of Quackery?
She developed an immensely popular, if questionably effective, herbal remedy for “female complaints.” Pioneer in alternative medicine or...?
The New Victims of Climate Change: Plants, Parasites, and Pregnant Women
The recent series of hurricanes has demonstrated, climate change is no longer a nebulous futuristic menace, but an existential threat.
Are Male and Female Brains Actually Different?
No study, even those finding strong differences, has ever found differences in cognitive ability between male and female brains.
Failure Has Always Been a Key to Success
Failure is in fashion, but this isn't some new passing trend. How universities and the medical profession have embraced the idea of "failing better."
Venom’s Healing Touch
Venom kills thousands every year, but research is showing that venom can heal as well. Venom works in a way that most drugs can only dream of.