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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.


Opinion: Did The Australian Government Just Give Us A Terrorism Shopping List?

“Be alert but not alarmed.” That was the tagline of Australia’s first prominent terrorism awareness campaign back in the early-2000s. Hotlines were set up, ads were all over the telly, and people were generally advised to watch out for home-grown threats. It was a great idea, and now the government is out to revive the campaign against home-grown threats, but in doing so it seems to have given us a shopping list of ingredients for home-made bombs.


Monster Machines: Nixing Iranian Nukes With America's Biggest Bunker Buster

The GBU-57A-B Massive Ordnance Penetrator (MOP) is 2400kg of high explosive wrapped in 13,600kg of steel. It’s designed to obliterate fortified positions and underground bunkers from the inside.


The Bomb-Proof Miracle Materials That Will Make The Future Safer

When a bomb explodes, you can’t outmanoeuvre it; you probably can’t even take cover quickly enough to protect yourself. Instead, you have to hope that there’s something — anything — already in the way that can shield you from the blast. Here are five of the best future bomb-proof materials that could end up saving lives in our increasingly uncertain future.


North Korea Puts Its Rockets On Standby For Fire After US Show Of Force

According to Reuters, North Korea has readied its rockets to attack US military bases in South Korea and the Pacific Ocean after the US made a show of force earlier today by flying stealth bombers over South Korea. Kim Jong Un had apparently signed off an order for North Korea’s rockets to be “on standby for fire”.


Fishmonger Finds Live Bomb Inside Squid's Stomach

A Chinese fishmonger was going about his business when he randomly discovered a bomb… inside the stomach of a squid he was gutting. Apparently, a 1.4kg squid had swallowed an eight-inch bomb on accident. The bomb was live.


25 Of The Deadliest Explosions Man Ever Made

Everybody likes to watch explosions. Come on, admit it: you like looking at enormous blasts on YouTube because they simultaneously thrill you and make you feel safer and more cautious in your tiny little life. OK, maybe I am projecting a little. But who cares. Whether they’re the result of war, science, freak accidents or rocket failures, destruction is in our blood. The fireball is our final heartbeat, the blastwave is our last breath.