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.

Al-Qaeda Can Turn Clothes Into Explosives By Dipping Them In Liquid

ABC News in the US is reporting that al Qaeda has come up with a “new generation of liquid explosives” for a potential attack. The scary thing is that the bomb “would not be detected by current security measures”. Even scarier is that a US official called the new method “ingenious”. Well, then.

How Dogs Become Awesome Bomb-Sniffing Dogs

Because my imagination is trapped within the confines of my human pea brain, I always giggle to myself when I see dogs sniff anything and everything they run into. But dogs have 50 times more olfactory cells than we do! Of course, they would put it to good use. And of course our human pea brains would put a dog’s nose to good use in finding bombs. How do we train man’s best friends to find explosives?

Monster Machines: The Most Terrifying Cherry Blossom To Ever Take Flight

By 1945, Allied forces were knocking on Japan’s front door. As the Empire’s military grew increasingly desperate, it began to focus on eliminating the Allies’ willingness to fight — by intentionally crashing manned aircraft in kamikaze attacks. And for pilots aboard one breed of these notorious flying coffin, the MXY-7 Navy Suicide Attacker Ohka, death wasn’t the last resort, it was the only one.