Digital Diatribes

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Bombs that are good for us

Posted by The Diatribe Guy on May 28, 2008

Under the category of “there’s no real good reason for me to write about this other than I thought it was ironic” comes this story about new bomb technology.

The irony is that we’re talking about items that are specifically built to blow things and people to kingdom come, but we’re attempting to do so in an environmentally friendly way. From the article:

TNT, RDX and other explosives commonly used in military and industrial applications often generate toxic gases upon detonation that pollute the environment… To make safer, more environmentally friendly explosives, scientists in Germany turned to a recently explored class of materials called tetrazoles… In initial experiments, G2ZT and HBT produced fewer toxic byproducts than common explosives. Still, they did generate some dangerous hydrogen cyanide gas. But mixing these compounds with oxidizers not only avoids making hydrogen cyanide, but also improved performance, Klapötke said.

These compounds have great potential, “especially for large caliber naval and tank guns,” Klapötke added.

Now, using simple reason, there is nothing particularly wrong with this. I guess as much as all of us would like to think of a world where bombs aren’t necessary (at least for combat), the reality is that we don’t live in that world. Given that, I suppose it makes sense that – at the very least – we reduce or eliminate residual toxicity.

Still… logical or not, there’s just something strange about the entire discussion.

Maybe it’s just me.

Apparently, this is one of these environmentally friendly bombs.   Looks safe to me...

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