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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.


The Pigeon-Guided Missiles And Bat Bombs Of World War II

Today I found out about Project Pigeon andProject X-Ray, WWII plans to use pigeons to guide missiles and (literal) bat bombers. The man behind Project Pigeon was famed American behaviorist and Harvard professor B.F. Skinner, who teamed with the US Army to develop such a system.


Why Nuclear Bombs Create Mushroom Clouds

Why do nuclear bombs make mushroom clouds? The phenomenon all comes down to a little something called the Rayleigh-Taylor instability, and by extension, convection. I’ll begin with the somewhat longer, but less geeky explanation before descending once again into extreme nerdery.


Guy Builds A Bomb Just With Stuff You Can Buy After Airport Security

Just in case you were still being fooled into thinking that the TSA is good for, well, anything, follow along with YouTube contributor Terminal Cornucopia as he constructs a home-made “FRAGGuccino” from stuff you can buy from airport terminal kiosks — you know the ones you can enter after passing through security.


The Latest Weapon Against Terrorists: Sewage-Sniffing Bomb Sensors

Bad guys can’t just close their window shades to hide from the law any more. A European research group has developed a high-tech way to detect bomb makers and illegal drug labs — by sniffing what they flush down the toilet.


NATO Built A Real-Life Electromagnetic Ray Gun To Stop Suicide Bombers

In an attempt to thwart and discourage the use of cars and other vehicles in suicide bombing attacks, NATO has been funding the development of a compact electromagnetic jammer that can safely cause an engine to cut out before a bomber reaches their target.


The National Guard Accidentally Practice-Bombed A Bar Parking Lot

Forget secret NSA spying, the National Guard up and dropped an inert practice bomb into a Maryland bar car park on Thursday night.