Why are plants attracted to radium?

A 1909 issue of Popular Science Monthly contains a piece about how plants react to radium. Since radium emits gamma radiation, which kills cells and mutates DNA, they don't generally respond well. So why are these plant roots curving towards it? » 7/12/13 8:20am 7/12/13 8:20am

The women who took radium from savior to killer

The famous radium girls took the reputation of radium from the savior of the sick to the killer of the poor. Working in a factory at a time when radium was considered the best way to improve health, by the time they died, they were exhaling radon gas and their hair glowed in the dark. » 7/05/13 9:00am 7/05/13 9:00am

Seriously Scary Radioactive Products From The 20th Century

Before we understood that radiation exposure can be deadly, people thought it was just a fun ingredient to make things glow. Here are some of the amazing, disturbing products from those simpler times. None of these would be deemed even remotely safe today. » 5/09/13 3:10pm 5/09/13 3:10pm

In 1913, newspapers predicted we'd be eating giant radioactive frog…

In the early 1900s, you were doing something terribly wrong if you weren't trying to cram as much radium as possible into your daily routine and body cavities. Life wasn't worth living unless it was jam-packed with irradiated golf balls and libido-enhancing suppositories. » 5/29/12 1:05pm 5/29/12 1:05pm

In 1918, you could buy radioactive golf balls for $1 a pop

Back in the day, you could shove all sorts of goods containing that miracle chemical radium in your body. There were radium-infused beers, chocolate, and suppositories. But radium-mania didn't stop with quack remedies. » 12/24/11 2:10pm 12/24/11 2:10pm

In the early 1900s, real men used radium suppositories

If you were a strapping gent looking to improve your virility in the early 20th century, one such option would be the radium suppository. Nothing says "lothario" quite like shoving a radioactive pellet up your rectum. » 9/19/10 7:16pm 9/19/10 7:16pm

An evocative trailer for Israeli post-nuke apocalypse flick "Radium"

If you've been wondering where the great stories of radioactive mutants and nuclear apocaplyse have gone, Israeli film student Daniel Fallick has the answer. His short Radium, set in a nuked Tel Aviv, gives us a Middle Eastern Mad Max. » 5/11/10 8:30am 5/11/10 8:30am