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2009-06-26 08:36:17

A research team headed by Dr. Jonathan R. Nitschke at the University of Cambridge (UK) and Academy Professor Kari Rissanen at the University of Jyväskylä (Finland) has made a breakthrough in rendering white phosphorus table to air, as reported in the latest issue of Science.White phosphorus, a molecular solid consisting of discrete P4 tetrahedra, is ordinarily pyrophoric (and thus stored under water) - it bursts spontaneously into flame upon contact with atmospheric oxygen (when...

2009-06-25 13:41:39

For centuries it has been known for its violent combustion upon contact with air "“ but this week a Cambridge-led team of researchers reveals that it has tamed one of the most hazardous chemical substances.Their work could also result in an array of hazardous chemicals being handled and transported more safely in future.The substance in question is white phosphorous, a feedstock for the preparation of many useful chemicals such as weed killers, insecticides and fertiliser.White...

2005-11-16 13:44:16

By Will Dunham WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Pentagon on Wednesday acknowledged using incendiary white-phosphorus munitions in a 2004 counterinsurgency offensive in the Iraqi city of Falluja, but defended their use as legal. Army Lt. Col. Barry Venable, a Pentagon spokesman, said the U.S. military had not used the highly flammable weapons against civilians, contrary to an Italian state television report this month which said the weapons were used against men, women and children in...


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