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Suggestions for chemistry experiments to do regarding toxic gasses

I'm doing a final project on mustard gas, and need an experiment to conduct. I'm obviously not allowed to make or work with mustard gas, but what else can I do? Any other gas experiments that would be ...
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Testing thermite for chemical properties

I'm writing a movie in which a bunch of military explosive ordnance experts destroy a turbine with thermite and the local fire chief has to work out whether it is plain $\ce{Fe2O3}$ and aluminium ...
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How difficult is it to synthesize Novichok agents? [closed]

In the light of the current UK-Russia events, how difficult is to synthesize Novichok agents (with known structures)? Is it something that can be made at any well-equipped university and/or chemical ...
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Is identifying a chemical equivalent to be able to produce it?

This question is a follow up of another thread, where we are discussing Theresa May's accusation of the Russian government which is supposedly behind the recent chemical attack in the UK. Soon after ...
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Why is ordinary soap and water adequate to decontaminate possible nerve agents?

In the news it was announced that anyone who might have been exposed in the recent Salisbury nerve agent incident should wash any potentially contaminated clothing as normal using regular detergent ...
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How do we know a nerve agent is tasteless?

According to the BBC, the nerve agent sarin is a tasteless liquid. How do we know that this liquid has no taste, given that anyone to have (not) tasted it in any meaningful quantity presumably died ...
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Which poison was used in the failed attempt to assassinate Khaled Mashal of Hamas?

This question is both historical and chemistry-related, but I'm posting it here because I am more interested in the chemical part: In 1997, Israel tried to assassinate Khaled Mashal, a high-rank ...
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Why do they flush people with water after chemical attack?

I recently viewed a video (dated April the 6th 2017), which purports to show the aftermath of a chemical attack (where Sarin was employed). Could anyone explain why the victims in the video were ...
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Why does microwaving napalm make it nonflammable?

In this video, microwaving napalm made it nonflammable. What caused this to happen? I assume it was some sort of chemical reaction. Could someone explain? I understand some chemistry, but a not-too-...
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How do you make napalm? [closed]

Not a recipe from movies, but actual napalm. I need it for a college experiment. I need the good kind preferably, but any recipe will suffice.
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I found instructions on how to make nerve gas. Is it possible to be real? [closed]

I just happened to find instructions how to make nerve gas. I found it on the Deep web. And since I know next to nothing about chemistry, I'm gonna ask here: Is it possible to make nerve gas according ...
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Accurate textbook about synthesis of (organophosphorus) chemical warfare agents

Lately I've been interested in the chemistry of nerve agents due to reading Patrick's Introduction to Medicinal Chemistry in which they were only briefly discussed. I bought the Handbook of Toxicology ...
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How do I extract cyanide from apple seeds?

I'm working on a crime story about cyanide poisoning from apple seeds. I just would like to have an idea of what processes and extraction techniques might be involved in getting cyanide from the seeds....
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Can you make napalm out of gasoline and orange juice concentrate?

According to the novel Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk: The three ways to make napalm: One, you can mix equal parts of gasoline and frozen orange juice concentrate. Two, you can mix equal parts ...
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MacGyvered chlorine gas protection

I was watching Periodic Video's chlorine video, which discusses chlorine's ferocity in stripping electrons whenever possible, and the professors mentioned its consequent use in WWI as a chemical agent....