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Birds Fitted With Suicide Vests Are The New IED

The Taliban reportedly has a new weapon in its crusade against the heretical West: remotely detonated birds. No, seriously, think birds wearing suicide vests. Why not just load explosives into a coconut and deliver them by swallow already?


A 250kg Bomb From World War II Caused A Mass Evacuation In France

A weapon from seven decades ago created a crisis in France this week. A team digging out a new metro line in Rennes, France, found an enormous 250kg bomb from World War II lodged in the ground near City Hall. Over 3000 people had to evacuate their homes.


Less Than 2 Per Cent Of The Hiroshima Bomb's Uranium Actually Detonated

Little Boy, the nuclear bomb that U.S. forces dropped on the Japanese city of Hiroshima on August 6th, 1945, leveled a two-mile radius of the city, killing an estimated 80,000 people. It was an enormous amount of destruction — and it was caused by less than two per cent of the uranium carried by the bomb.


This Is How A Bombing Run Looks Through A B-52's Bomb Bay Doors

Video: Watching 14.5 tonnes of explosives fall on this tiny little island is awe-inspiring — unless you are some animal living in that island, that is. Then it’s pretty terrible. Sometimes it surprises me how something as horrible as this raw destruction power fascinates humans so much.


New Nanotech Sensors Could Put Bomb-Sniffing Dogs Out Of A Job

Airport security checkpoint lines are the very definition of a “necessary evil”. Everyone hates the long waits and the awkward disrobing dances as you rid yourself of all your shoes, smartphones, metal, etc. Yet, we’re eternally grateful when crazy people with samurai swords don’t fly coach. Now, a new breakthrough in nanotechnology could help ease our collective dread for airport security, at least a little bit.


How WWI Bombs Shattered Bedrock And Changed The Geology Of France

Every once in a while, we’re reminded of World War I’s awful legacy: Trenches that run like gashes through the French countryside, craters in farmland, the iron harvest. These scars are even deeper than we might imagine. Bombs actually shattered bedrock and created the bizarre, dimpled landscape of modern day Verdun.


The Megaton Floor Lamp Is Built From A Real Bomb

The US military is still inundated with obsolete and unusable ordnance from as far back as the beginning of the Cold War. But rather than simply dispose of these old bombs by, say, blowing them up, one enterprising design studio is transforming them into helpful house wares.


The Weirdest Thing On The Internet Tonight: Monsieur Cok

Allegories abound in this macabre tale of runaway industrialism in post-World War Europe. An enterprising defence contractor replaces his inefficient human workforce with mechanical monstrosities, a move that doesn’t sit well with his former employees. Returning with the hammer and sickle of socialist justice, one ex-bomb-maker attempts to enact his revenge, only to find that this military-industrial complex runs far deeper than anyone imagined.


Train Derailment Creates Massive Explosion

Oh my. This is beyond scary. A 1.6km-long train carrying crude oil derailed near a small town in the US state of North Dakota and sent explosions, flames and dark black smoke into the sky. Luckily (and almost unbelievably), no one was hurt in the accident that looked a lot more like a nuke exploding than a train derailment.


How Nuclear Bombs Tell Us The Age Of Human Cells

When mushroom clouds exploded in the sky during Cold War-era nuclear bombs testing, they also created an unexpected boon for science. The nuclear explosions caused a massive uptick in Carbon-14 that eventually settled in all living tissue — everything from tree rings to elephant tusks to human brain cells.