Dr Subith Vasu, combustion and fuel researcher at the University of Central Florida (UCF), USA, investigates what happens to toxic chemicals during explosions. Many such deadly substances may be already in the wrong hands, and detonating them may be an efficient way to eliminate them. The results of Dr Vasu’s experiments may help ascertain what kind of explosives will be effective in destroying those dangerous weapons in the safest possible way. Science has brought chemical weapons into existence. Dr Vasu’s work is a reminder that many researchers aspire to use science to benefit humanity and [counter, thwart, ward off, repel, fight] the menace of chemical weapons.
Dr Vasu is not doing his research alone. He is transmitting his knowledge to a group of enthusiastic young students who support him in his work. Batikan Karoglu considers that, though behind the scenes, he is part of a bigger effort to eradicate chemical weapons. “I feel sorry for the people who have to go through this drama,” he says about victims of chemical attacks in the Middle East and elsewhere. Leigh Nash is fascinated by combustion. Getting to know fire is valuable not only for the destruction of chemical weapons. NASA, the U.S. space agency, offered her a scholarship to work on new types of fuels that may one day advance their space exploration programme. “I have always been interested in space and engineering because it seems like the most fun way to be. I relate to rockets because I would really love to work on them some day.”
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