DDT was a pest-control superstar. First created in 1874, DDT is colorless, tasteless, and nearly odorless. But it wasn’t until 1939 that its bug-killing potential was discovered by a Swiss chemist named Paul Hermann Muller. For this finding, he was awarded the Nobel Prize in 1948. DDT cut its teeth during World War II, and proved to be a savior for the Allies. It was used to kill mosquitoes carrying malaria in the South Pacific, and to kill insects carrying typhus in Europe—both with … [Read more...] about DDT: Hall of Fame or Hall of Shame?