The Chemistry of Sarin Poison Nerve Gas–Videos |Scientific American

See on Scoop.itNeurovium: Neuroscience at the intersection of Philosophy, Logic, Biology & Physics

Video explains how Sarin and other nerve gases work to disrupt bodily functions, using handmade chemical models in the hands of a researcher who works to understand neurotransmitters, Rob Stockman.

Nima Dehghani‘s insight:

We all witnessed the recent horrific usage of chemical weapons (Sarine nerver gas) in Syria. This video explains how it acts on the nervous system and how it defeats its victims. It reminded me of the horrible images that I saw of Iraq’s use of chemical weapons against Iran and Iraqi Kurds. When few freinds and I were driving through Belgium, we ended up going to Ypres as well. That is where for the first time chemical weapons were used (in WWI). There is a museum that is a must see. Ypres salient, 500000 dead over 25 Km2……there I saw rows and rows of graves of fallen men. Some gravestones revealed the names of the young men who lost their lives to the moral obscenity of warmongers. Some hid the identity of the bones they were hiding by just saying "a soldier of the great war" and they resonanted this poem: 

"..We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved, and were loved, and now we lie.." 
In Flanders fields.

There I wished that the haunting pictures of trench wars, victims,masks and weaponry would never repeat again. Though it seems that wish is not met and the history repeated itself. International community should enforce manufacturing and usage of such weapons. Just as we fight polio or other deadly diseases, we should feel responsible to stop anything that stops the miracle of nature, life, on a massive scale. The usage of chemical weapons should become history and no more…

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