The substance that kills at touch

Discussion in 'Chemistry' started by Eagle9, Dec 21, 2010.

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  1. origin Heading towards oblivion Valued Senior Member

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    Might be easier to just use DMSO.
     
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    The Swan Song of every "Idea Guy" ever.

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    Are you surprised? We dump everything in the sea. Why are we having thousands of dead fish washing up. Why do we have strandings of disoriented whales. Why do we have miles of toxic red blooms along the coastline, especially near river outlets. Natural causes?

    Extremely toxic substances have been found in ditches along the highway where disposal trucks just stopped along the road and dumped their load in the drainage ditch. Some real sweethearts are handling our most toxic wastes.

    When found out the companies get fined for negligence instead spending life for attempted murder.
    As long as Big Business runs the show, there will be crimes against humanity.
     
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    Wow, when I watched this film, I didn't pay attention to it. Great that you've seen this.
     
  9. James R Just this guy, you know? Staff Member

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    This thread started in 2011, so maybe now is a good time to close it.

    Also, one more word: Novichok.
     
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    Maybe I can squeeze in the last word before closure….

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    Yes, that is indeed one word, but it doesn’t further the answer to the original inquiry. Novichok is a particular class of organophosphorus nerve agents. A high-dose inhaled nerve agent (Novichok or otherwise) can kill in several minutes (at quickest) to an hour. Lower-dose inhalation or other routes of exposure (ingestion, skin) may kill in several hours to days, in the absence of treatment. That scene from The Jackal could not have been an OP nerve agent.

    There are numerous pharmaceutical drugs that can potentially kill within minutes through respiratory arrest if given in sufficient high (over) doses: anaesthetics (eg. propofol), analgesics (eg. fentanyl), or non-depolarising muscle relaxants (eg. atracurium). But these need to be administered intravenously. Potassium cyanide can kill in minutes but needs to be ingested.

    Basically, I don’t think there is anything that can kill in several seconds through dermal exposure as depicted in The Jackal. Verdict: fiction.
     
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