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Chemistry Class in Jefferson’s Rotunda

Chemistry nerds unite! A chemical hearth has been uncovered during recent renovations to the famed Rotunda designed by Thomas Jefferson.  Curators believe that the first Professor of Natural History at the University of Virginia, John Emmett, may have used the hearth in the 1850’s. You can read more about the discovery here.

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The “Sly” Foxy Methoxy (5-MeO-DIPT)

The “Sly” Foxy Methoxy (5-MeO-DIPT) 5-MeO-DIPT (5-methoxy-N, N-diisopropyltryptamine) is not a new drug, with its introduction to the forensic toxicology community in the late 1990’s, but it has regained popularity as one of the many synthetic compounds available to drug users. 5-MeO-DIPT goes by the street names of “Foxy” or “Foxy Methoxy”, is similar to[…]

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Size Matters-Dose Size That Is… “Designer Drugs”

 Size Matters-Dose Size That Is… “Designer Drugs”  In the post “Size Matters-Dose Size That Is… Prescription Drugs” we took a look at dosage of prescription drugs as well as the risks of prescription drug abuse and some of the organizations battling this growing problem. When asked how prescription narcotics were obtained for nonmedical use, 70% of[…]

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The Fury around Benzofury: 5-APB and 6-APB

The Fury around Benzofury:  5-APB and 6-APB The phenylethylamines 5-APB (1-(benzofuran-5-yl)-propan-2-amine) and 6-APB (1-(benzofuran-6-yl)-propan-2-amine) (aka “Benzo Fury”, “Benzofury”, 5-APB, 6-APB) are two of many new psychoactive substances making the news.1-3, 7-9 The prevalence of use is unclear as these compounds are often taken with other drugs. The compounds have been detected in individuals presenting with[…]

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On the Trail of Poison Mysteries (Popular Mechanics, 1929)

On the Trail of Poison Mysteries by Paul D. Paddock (Popular Mechanics, 1929) This is an interesting article on of the early role of Forensic Toxicology in criminal investigations. An excerpt “Poisons and mysterious deaths have been linked in the public mind since the dawn of history but modern chemical science has done much to[…]