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American Chemical Society

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Caption: Detonation of 0.5 grams of triacetone triperoxide (TATP) -- a trivial sample size compared to quantities in modern-day terrorist materials -- emits a shock wave that destroys a nearby water balloon. At the 237th ACS National Meeting, chemists are reporting that a new, more powerful explosive related to TATP is unlikely.

Credit: Gerard Harbison, Ph.D.

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