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

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