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An unsolved murder at Italy’s most notorious tower block

The story of a murder at an apartment block marketed as a luxury development when it opened in 1968, but now “like an inverse of Dante’s layers of hell”. The building is disintegrating, but houses a large and diverse population, including an estimated 50 drug dealers. This is a story about the changes in fortune in the Italian economy, urban development, immigration, integration, and failing public infrastructure.

This Parasite Drugs Its Hosts With the Psychedelic Chemical in Shrooms

A look at an unflinchingly brutal fungal parasite that invades the abdomens of cicadas, turning them into “flying saltshakers of death” when they then fly around releasing spores from the fungus on to their brethren on the ground. The cicadas’ obliviousness to the catastrophic loss of their bottoms is perhaps explained by the fact that the fungus has been found to contain psychedelics and amphetamines.

Axes of Evil

This story examines an international diplomatic incident that erupted in 1976 when an overgrown poplar tree led to murder in the demilitarised zone between North and South Korea.