There Really Is An LSD Shortage, And Here's Why

Lysergic acid diethylamide used to be everywhere. LSD played a huge role in shaping pop culture in the 1960s, and in the 1980s everyone lived in fear of LSD-laced temporary tattoos and acid-popping Satanists. But nowadays, you rarely hear about it. What happened? » 1/02/15 11:07am 1/02/15 11:07am

A quick science experiment shames soda drinkers and aliens

So what if aliens bleed acid? We breathe acid, suckers! And we can prove it! And while we're doing that, we can show why soda is very mildly bad for you. » 8/23/13 10:30am 8/23/13 10:30am

Naked mole rats' indifference to acid might help relieve human pain

We've long touted the awesomeness of the cancer-free, ultra-long-lived, acid-resistant naked mole rats, and we even suggested that they'll inherit the Earth from us. But while we're still around, let's see if we can't benefit from these remarkable rodents. » 9/23/12 5:00pm 9/23/12 5:00pm

Watch a 1963 video of British soldiers conducting a military exercise…

Back during the Cold War, the military wanted to find out if LSD could be used to incapacitate enemy forces. So they administered the drug to unsuspecting British soldiers, and sent the squaddies off to perform their duties. This short video, which is as hilarious as it is disturbing, chronicles the British… » 7/04/12 8:30am 7/04/12 8:30am

Indonesia's acid volcano is beautiful but deadly

Located in East Java, Indonesia, the Kawah Ijen volcanic crater has an eerie beauty to it. But its turquoise waters are filled with deadly acid thanks to the volcano's sulfuric output. That doesn't stop sulfur miners from braving the toxic gases. » 4/07/12 1:30pm 4/07/12 1:30pm

Melting down Nobel Prizes to buy bullets and dissolving the awards to…

Winning the Nobel Prize brings with it a diploma, cash award, and a 200 gram medal made of gold. Each medal is specially cast for the winner, emblazoned with his or her name. » 3/31/12 12:30pm 3/31/12 12:30pm

A handful of Nobel Prizes met an unusual end – fodder for the treasury of countries during World War I and II. his 1934 Nobel Prize in…

The naked mole rat can't feel pain from acid burns. Now we know why.

The naked mole rat is quickly becoming one of my favorite mammals ever. The glabrous little buggers live decades longer than most other rodents, never develop cancer, and have mastered the enviable skill of being able to run backwards as quickly as they do forwards. » 12/16/11 12:00pm 12/16/11 12:00pm

The American Chemical Society unveils a scientifically perfect Bloody…

To ring in the International Year of Chemistry, the American Chemical Society is celebrating the practical applications of chemistry by giving tips on the perfect Bloody Mary. » 3/31/11 8:00am 3/31/11 8:00am

Dose the ocean: Sports Illustrated on fishing with LSD

In 1964, Sports Illustrated ran a piece on scientists experimenting with LSD for commercial fishing applications. Researchers hoped that LSD could both facilitate the removal of invasive carp and dope up commercial fishing populations on a large scale. » 9/22/10 9:35am 9/22/10 9:35am