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The Upside of Insecticide

The Upside of Insecticide

“-cide” is a great suffix. Homicide, suicide, and infanticide are pretty common terms. But you can add cide to any living noun—regicide is the killing of kings. Femicide is the killing of a woman. Giganticide is the killing of a giant (that is actually a word on...
DDT: Hall of Fame or Hall of Shame?

DDT: Hall of Fame or Hall of Shame?

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...