Today, France Is Still Cleaning Up Hundred-Year-Old Bombs From WWI

A century ago today, the first shots of WWI were fired. It was the first modern conflict, fought with fatally efficient technology. Even today, crews must safely destroy bombs left untouched for a century. Erik Olsen traveled with one of those crews for The New York Times, bringing us a video glimpse at the delicate… » 6/28/14 3:00pm 6/28/14 3:00pm

Lifting cannons with helicopters seems like a lot of fun

It looks like Call of Duty. It's not. It looks like a movie. It's not. Instead it's an incredible photograph of a Marine Corps Super Stallion Helicopter taking off with a M777 howitzer in the California desert. In real life. What a powerful image. The helicopter is lugging the 7,500 pound 35 foot long monster of a… » 12/27/13 9:13pm 12/27/13 9:13pm

Step Inside the U.S. Military's Advanced Weapons R&D Mini-City

Picatinny Arsenal is considered its own municipality by the New Jersey State government—which makes sense, given its 6,500 acre property. The difference between it and a normal town is that, inside Picatinny, nearly 2,500 engineers and scientists work with advanced weapons systems, military-grade 3D printers, and… » 12/03/13 11:00am 12/03/13 11:00am

The U.S. Military's Mortar Launchers Are Getting a 21st Century Upgrade

Despite continued efforts to modernize and improve handheld mortars, like the 60-mm M224 carried by American soldiers, soldiers today still aim it as their forefathers did in WWII: by looking over the barrel at a fixed analog sight. But thanks to the Office of Naval Research's (ONR) rapid prototyping program, these… » 11/12/13 2:43pm 11/12/13 2:43pm

Dragon Fire: Artillery Systems Don't Get Any Deadlier

Artillery systems have been around almost as long as gunpowder and have played a prominent role in virtually every conflict since then. But they've never been as precise—and deadly—as the Dragon Fire II automated mortar. » 8/30/11 1:00pm 8/30/11 1:00pm

Watch Heavy Artillery Create a Massive Avalanche... On Purpose

I'm sure the Russian military gave a perfectly good explanation for firing shells at this North Ossessia mountaintop, dislodging an awesome torrent of snow. Probably something to do with a controlled avalanche being preferable to nature's own, etc. But let's be honest; if you were in the Russian military, stationed… » 3/22/11 11:00am 3/22/11 11:00am

Inkjet Facade Printer Confirms That Paintballs Are World's Coolest Toner

There's always a guerrilla undercurrent with graffiti, but the Facade Printer, which uses a computer-enhanced paintball gun to tattoo images onto buildings, really makes that aspect explicit. Judging by its work, it appears to have pretty good aim. » 5/01/10 3:15pm 5/01/10 3:15pm

Deodorant Cannons Wage War Against Landfill Stench

"Alright men. Listen here and listen good. This landfill is one mean sumovabitch. And boy does it stink. Stinks bad. So we're rolling out the heavy artillery: One-hundred stink-killin', air-freshenin' cannons. I love the smell of deodorant in the morning." » 3/27/10 11:00am 3/27/10 11:00am

Stationary Troop Defends Your Desktop With Pen and Tape Artillery

Well, "defend" is probably not the right word considering that Stationary Troop's weapons are only for show. However, he is always ready to squeeze off a round of pens or tape should the need arise. » 9/14/09 1:20pm 9/14/09 1:20pm