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Independent Experts Say Russian Spy and Daughter Poisoned by Nerve Agent Novichok

The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), an international watchdog group, has confirmed that Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia were poisoned using a military grade nerve agent called Novichok. The findings come as Russian officials continue to deny that Russia had anything to do with the poisoning of the former double agent. Read More >>

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Russia: Well, Maybe It Was Actually the UK That Poisoned Our Ex-Spy With Our Soviet-Era Nerve Agent

According to the BBC, Russian ambassador to the European Union Vladimir Chizhov now says that the nerve agent used in the poisoning of 66-year-old former Russian spy-turned-double-agent Sergei Skripal and his 33-year-old daughter Yulia Skripal in Salisbury may have actually came from a nearby British lab. Read More >>

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Thousands of Tonnes of Nazi Chemical Weapons are Hiding in the Baltic Sea

When the Nazis surrendered their weapons at the end of World War II, the Allies got rid of them in a way that made sense in the 1940s: they dumped it all into the water. Mustard gas and other chemical weapons— estimates ranging from 13,000 to 300,000 tonnes—are now slowly leaking into the Baltic Sea. Read More >>

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The Eye-Watering Science Packed in a Can of Tear Gas

Tear gas is a relatively modern invention—a non-lethal repellant developed from the killer chemical weapons of World War I. But each canister relies on the fascinating chemistry of some ancient compounds and reactions. Wired gives us a look inside, without all the coughing and choking. Read More >>

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This Vacuum Detonator Sucks and Blows American Chemical Weapon Stocks

Disposing of the world's chemical weapon stockpiles is far easier said than done. It's not like the good old days prior to WWII when we could just dump extraneous supplies of mustard gas and other chemical weapons into the open ocean or under Delaware roadways or just big pits at the Redstone Arsenal in Alabama—no, no, now we have to dispose of it in a responsible manner. That's why Army crews now rely on an ingenious explosive vacuum chamber to burn these deadly weapons to harmless ash. Read More >>

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Deadly Cloud: The Science Behind the Syrian Chemical Weapons Attack

It’s believed that last week the Syrian government murdered hundreds of its own civilians with chemical weapons. We don’t know which weapon they used, but we do know it’s one of a handful of chemicals called nerve agents. Read More >>