posted on Nov, 24 2005 @ 12:33 AM
FAST-ACT, or: First Applied Sorbent Treatment-Against Chemical Threats is the name, and its the newest thing out as a Counter Chemical-Warfare Agent.
What is it you might ask?
- FAST-ACT is an anti terrorism device used to neutralize mustard gas, sarin, and other deadly chemical warfare agents.
The actual powder, developed by Kansas State University chemist Kenneth Klabunde, is made up of a nano-structured crystallites of magnesium oxide
(MgO), and Titanium Oxide (TiO2). This product will actually "knock out" a deadly element where it can be safetly swept up later. When put up to
the test of VX nerve gas, the agent proved to be 99.9% effective. The FAST-ACT product, (with its common MgO powder), has a surface reactive area of
30 square meters per gram. "Seventeen grams of the powder has the spreading area of a football field," Klabunde says.
This new product will ultimately save lives in some of the worst chemical agents deployed by terrorism and other causes. I believe that this has been
one of the most significant inventions next to the "Life Straw"
. Imagine a world,
where all we have to do is just pick up a fire extinguisher sized bottle, and spray it to cover the area of a block. This will be one of the best
defences against chemical warfare, and chemical issues anywhere in the world. Whether it be terrorism, or just a simple mistake that happend to be
made. This product will probably prove to be one of the most important inventions of the century.
Links for more Information on "FAST-ACT"
First Applied Sorbent Treatment - Against Chemical
[edit on 11/24/0505 by brodband]