The stuff that causes the burning sensation in your nose when you have a bit too much mustard or horseradish (what I’ve now learned is called a pungent taste) is called an isothiocyanate.

Torness Nuclear Reaction Complex

In 1989, Scotland opened a nuclear reaction complex called Torness, designed in the 1970s as “ the UK's bid to build an export-earning civil nuclear power system”. Charles Stross describes it as a “colossal collision between space age physics and victorian plumbing” in a spectacular article about a recent visit.

Thinking yourself to death

There’s something called psychogenic death, which occurs when you’re so demoralized you enter a depression spiral, go beyond apathy, and shut down and die.

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