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A million Russian artillery shells helped scientists discover the Higgs boson. And all over the world, remnants of World War II weapons are built into the most mysterious experiments in physics.

In the mid-1990s, physicists needed tons of a metal strong enough to withstand the massive magnetic fields of the house-sized Compact Muon Solenoid (CMS) experiment, one of the particle detectors on the Large Hadron Collider in Geneva, Switzerland. They settled on high-quality brass - but where would they get enough of it?

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North Korea's foreign minister Ri Yong Ho just had a rare press conference outside the United Nations in New York. And it isn't great. The diplomat declared that the US has declared war on North Korea. And he stressed that he hopes the world remembers in the future that it was the US who declared war first.

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On 26 September 1983, Soviet military officer Stanislav Petrov received a message that five nuclear missiles had been launched by the United States and were heading to Moscow. He didn't launch a retaliatory strike, believing correctly that it was a false alarm. And with that, he saved the world from nuclear war. But now reports have surfaced that Petrov died this past May. He was 77 years old.

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Infographic: North Korea have recently been testing their nuclear weapons. The US and their allies, like Australia, have said 'please stop this'. Nuclear weapons are all over the news again but they're power is so phenomenal it can be hard to wrap your head around. This infographic gives a really neat, comprehensive overview of nuclear weapons - how many exist, how they work and their effects.

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North Korea successfully tested a hydrogen bomb on Sunday, according to officials in the country. If confirmed, it would be the most powerful nuclear explosion ever achieved by the isolated country. And South Korean media now reports that the US and South Korea have agreed to jointly pursue some kind of military response. What that will look like, and whether it will involve any strikes on North Korean land, is still unclear.

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The classic US stereotype of attempted Iranian ideological indoctrination via chants of "Death to America" and such has been old hat for quite some time. As noted by the New York Times on Saturday, in the past few years Iranian pro-government propaganda efforts have increasingly taken the form of rap videos glorifying the country's military, spread on sites like local YouTube equivalent Apparat and apps like Telegram.

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After North Korea threatened to launch an "enveloping strike" at Guam, the territory's office of civil defence posted emergency guidelines on Friday, explaining what citizens should do in the event of a missile attack. ("Do not look at the flash or fireball -- It can blind you. Take cover behind anything that might offer protection.") The advisory followed a week of alarming statements by US President Trump and North Korea, fuelling talk of nuclear apocalypse that's been good for one specific industry: Bomb shelter manufacturers.

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North Korean state media has released a video showing the country's latest missile test, the first successful test in some time. The intermediate-range ballistic missile (IRBM) has been identified as the Hwasong-12, a new name given to the missile by North Korea. The missile was first put on display during a military parade on 15 April 2017.

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Do you ever wonder what tomorrow holds? Some people are pretty convinced that the future will be filled with flying cars and jetpacks and robot butlers. But here in the year 2017, I'm not so sure any more. I have a suspicion that our future might be filled with more machine gun-toting robots, like the one seen above, than robotic butlers.

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Image Cache: A new book published by the Imperial War Museum features a rare collection of colour photos from World War II, some of which haven't been seen in over 70 years. From P-51D Mustangs and Flying Fortresses through to anti-aircraft spotters and flame hurling tanks, these images cast the war in a vibrant new light.

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The US military launched a missile attack on a Syrian airbase yesterday, and the President of the United States announced it by uncharacteristically invoking God three times in his three-minute speech. The baby known as Cold War II was conceived long ago. But yesterday, President Trump helped give birth. Congratulations! It's a war!