Dave Brewer in MOPP gear.

Weapons of Mass Destruction

As much as I hate to admit it, not all science is intended to make things better. Sometimes science is used for war.

In this month's episode of Conversations in Science, Jessie and I spoke with Dave Brewer, an active serviceman, about the training that the US military gives their soldiers, so they can better prepare themselves against some of the most frightening things that science has to offer: weapons of mass destruction.

Please be advised that this particular episode contains some material that might not be suitable for younger audiences. Parental guidance is advised.


Weapons of Mass Destruction
(First aired on KLRNRadio, Monday, July 3, 2017)

Topics covered in this month's show:

  • what a weapon of mass destruction really is;
  • what it takes to put on the MOPP gear;
  • the different types of gas used, and the chemical reactions;
  • training in the gas hut;
  • how you can protect yourself at home;
  • how nuclear weapons are different;
  • and the number of electrons needed to light a lightbulb (thank you, Jessie).

If you want to know the truth about how soldiers train, then take a listen.

(Feature image: Dave Brewer with his friends playing cards in full MOPP gear.)

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