Sunday, September 8, 2013

The science of sarin gas from Discovery News

The politics and economics of intervening in Syria aside, what is the science of the issue?  Discovery News explains in How Sarin Gas Works.

In Damascus last month, more than 1,400 people died in a sarin gas attack believed to be carried out by the Syrian goverment. Laci explains what this deadly nerve agent is and how it works.
I included this video in Overnight News Digest: Science Saturday (LADEE launched) on Daily Kos last night.  In comments, Lenny Flank praised it and summarized the point succinctly.
[T]hat Discovery News piece on Sarin nerve gas is very good.  Explains the basics in a clear understandable manner.

Nerve gas is, basically, insecticide for humans.
That last sentence is so good, I'm going to use it from now on.

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