More from Jesse Hicks

Atoms for Peace: The Mixed Legacy of Eisenhower’s Nuclear Gambit

Following World War II, President Dwight Eisenhower attempted a risky balancing act between war and peace, secrecy and transparency.

Fast Times: The Life, Death, and Rebirth of Amphetamine

Amphetamine didn’t cure anything, but it did make you feel better. Chemist Gordon Alles faced this paradox after patenting his discovery in 1932.

Pipe Dreams: America’s Fluoride Controversy

How did a seemingly benign chemical and a near-miraculous public-health initiative spark decades and decades debate?

The Devil in a Little Green Bottle: A History of Absinthe

Absinthe, an alcoholic drink introduced to France in the 1840s, developed a decadent though violent reputation.

The Pursuit of Sweet

From lab accident to wonder drug to chemical has-been, saccharin’s history tracks the rise of consumer consciousness, government regulation, and the uncertainties underlying scientific evidence.