Hidden in This Beautiful Jewelry is a Secret Drug-Science Reference

Much as we love the present trend of sticking drug-molecules on everything from coffee mugs to t-shirts, we crave something new. Fortunately, science-themed artist Delftia has a novel take on subtle drug jewelry: pendants that replicate spider webs spun under the influence of psychoactive drugs. » 4/18/14 3:19pm Friday 3:19pm

This Liquid Turns Drinks Orange In The Presence Of Date Rape Drug GHB

Researchers at the National University of Singapore have developed the first fluorescent sensor for the date rape drug γ-Hydroxybutyric acid, more commonly known as "GHB." The liquid, when mixed with a beverage spiked with GHB, causes the drink to turn bright orange in color. » 4/02/14 8:50am 4/02/14 8:50am

Sanjay Gupta "Doubles Down" on Weed

Last August, CNN's Sanjay Gupta publicly apologized for dismissing outright the medical potential of marijuana, and for "[his] own role in previously misleading people." Now, after months of continued investigation, Gupta says he's "doubling down" on medical marijuana. » 3/06/14 7:45am 3/06/14 7:45am

What can we actually learn from the UK's first marijuana 'overdose'?

Gemma Moss recently became the first woman in Britain "ruled to have been poisoned to death by smoking cannabis," her sudden death referred to by tabloids as "the tragic proof that cannabis can kill." But Moss's story, while undeniably sad, has told us next to nothing about the dangers of pot. At the same time, its… » 2/01/14 10:00am 2/01/14 10:00am

How Drug Trafficking Worsens the Problem of Deforestation

The rainforests of the world are rapidly disappearing due to a range of issues, including illegal logging and cattle ranching. Now, researchers have pinpointed another surprising factor in the destruction of the rainforests in Central America: Drug trafficking. » 1/31/14 11:30am 1/31/14 11:30am

New Computer-Designed 'Drug' Prevents AIDS From Replicating

European researchers have used a computer to design small synthetic molecules capable of attacking the deadly AIDS virus where it hurts the most: its ability to produce the genetic material required for replication. It's the first time in history this has ever been done. » 11/29/13 9:00am 11/29/13 9:00am

Is it true that Oreos are more addictive to lab rats than cocaine?

An investigation into the potential addictiveness of high-fat and high-sugar foods has found that Oreo cookies activate more neurons in the pleasure centers of rats' brains than cocaine. But does that really mean certain foods are more addictive than hard drugs? » 10/16/13 12:45pm 10/16/13 12:45pm

Synthetic cannabinoids, while legal, have been shown to have much more harmful effects than actual marijuana – but those effects can vary dramatically from person to person. Now, researchers led by University of Arkansas toxicologist Jeff Moran are working to understand the dangers of fake pot by studying how the body… » 10/03/13 6:40am 10/03/13 6:40am

Russia's flesh-eating drug Krokodil actually has origins in America

Having spent the last decade wreaking havoc in Russia, Krokodil – the cheap, addictive, heroin-like opioid (that also happens to eat your flesh) – has made landfall in the U.S. According to reports from Arizona's Banner Poison Control Center, two recently documented cases of the drug's use are believed to be the first… » 9/27/13 9:47am 9/27/13 9:47am

New discovery brings us one step closer to preventing HIV infections

In a breakthrough six years in the making, an international team of researchers has determined the precise atomic structure of a cell-surface receptor that’s used by most strains of HIV to infect human immune cells. The finding could result in medicines that block the process. » 9/12/13 11:47am 9/12/13 11:47am

How much alcohol is too much?

Located somewhere between the craggy cliffs of Raging Alcoholism and the tranquil (if a tad repressed) planes of Stone-Cold Sobriety roll the pleasantly sloping hills of Moderate Booze-Consumption. It's a nice, pleasantly buzzed place to visit – but getting there can be a little tricky. What does it really mean, after… » 9/10/13 12:20pm 9/10/13 12:20pm