Nerve agents are some of the most toxic substances on Earth.

Exposure to even a tiny amount of one of the manmade chemicals can kill a person — which, unfortunately, has made them a major concern for militaries despite treaties banning their use in war.

To that end, the United States Army is now working with chemists to create fabrics that can absorb and neutralize nerve agents — so it can then use those fabrics for its military uniforms.

A newly published Wired story takes a deep dive into the development of the fabrics.

At Northwestern University, chemist Omar Farha leads a team that’s creating a fabric coating that can destroy the nerve agents VX and soman. That coating contains a molecule that pulls water from the air. If the molecule comes in contact with a nerve agent, the water breaks down the toxin. Read More