Poisons like cyanide or belladonna may seem like the stuff of novels. But before Agatha Christie became the world’s best-selling mystery writer, such toxic compounds were, for a time, part of her everyday life—and literary inspiration.
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The word poison may evoke thoughts of murder and mayhem, but for centuries healers and scientists have harnessed the power of natural poisons, toxins, and venoms, as medicine as well. The upcoming special exhibition The Power of Poison, opening this Saturday, offers much more on Poison for Good; this article also features plants and animals that humans have used to create powerful medicines against such ailments as cancer, diabetes, and malaria.
The spectacular new Hayden Planetarium Space Show Dark Universe, narrated by astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, details pivotal discoveries giving today’s astronomers unprecedented knowledge of the universe. Read more about how a mission depicted in the Show—one inside our own solar system, to Jupiter—actually found evidence supporting the Big Bang theory of the universe.