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Russian nerve agent used in assassination attempt

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    Posted: March 17 2018 at 1:01pm
From news reporting, we know that the Salisbury UK attack against the Russian ex-spy and his wife appeared to use a "novel" Russian nerve agent. 

I was not familiar with this one, so I had to look up "Novichok" agent.  Bad, bad stuff:


Novichok is reported to be 5–8 times more lethal than VX nerve agent and effects are rapid, usually within 30 seconds to 2 minutes.
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5-8 times more powerful? Scary stuff, Chuck.

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