Watch previously unreleased footage of 1955 atomic bomb testing in glorious HD

Atom Central recently published these four unreleased videos of atomic bomb testing in 1955. The footage, taken from Operation Teapot at the test site in Nevada, is in glorious HD so it’s pretty incredible but watch out for the blinding light. Even in a small little YouTube window, it hurts. »10/01/15 9:15pm10/01/15 9:15pm

A bomb of matchstick heads exploding in slow motion is like fire rain

What happens when you light 6,000 matchstick heads (that is only the tip of the match)? Basically a huge fire bomb explosion that looks like it’s raining fire. The match heads all ignite and burst a super tall flame in the air and then the match heads start flying everywhere and when it falls to the ground, it looks… »8/23/15 9:00am8/23/15 9:00am

Slow motion video of a dry ice bomb exploding in water is pure awesome

Well, I didn’t expect that. When you throw dry ice inside a water bottle and then throw that water bottle in a pool, the explosion of the dry ice bomb is so epic that you can see it pulsate as it rips through the water. The Backyard Scientist shows off what it looks like in slow motion and man, is it powerful. »6/12/15 5:18pm6/12/15 5:18pm

The Secret 1949 Radiation Experiment That Contaminated Washington

The physicists who invented the nuclear bomb worked out of Los Alamos in New Mexico, but the people who did the dirty work of making the bombs were in Hanford, Washington. Throughout the Cold War, Hanford churned out plutonium for our nuclear arsenal. It was also, conveniently, a place to experiment with radiation. »6/03/15 2:30pm6/03/15 2:30pm

Allied aircraft deliver massive bombing to destroy a single ISIS flag

The AFP is reporting (in Spanish) about the massive bombing operation over a single ISIS flag placed on a tiny, almost nonexistent hill next to the Turkish border and the Syrian city of Kobane, which ISIS and Kurdish troops are fighting for. This video was filmed from the Turkish frontier. This is what followed. »10/24/14 9:00pm10/24/14 9:00pm

Here's what it's like to have a bomb dropped right next to you

If you blink, you're gonna miss it. Hell, even if you're looking right at it, you still might not see it. But you'll definitely feel it. The Aviationist found a video of a Syrian fighter bomber flying overhead and caught it dropping a bomb pretty much right on top of the cameraman. The plane sends flares out at first… »11/01/13 12:11am11/01/13 12:11am

The U.S. Military Once Proposed a “Gay” Bomb

One doesn’t commonly associate the slogan “make love not war” with the U.S. military. Indeed, the United States military is feared and formidable precisely because it has proven so effective at conceptualizing clever and innovative ways to search, find and destroy, often with the simple push of a button. However, in… »10/11/13 7:00am10/11/13 7:00am

The Navy Accidentally Bombed The Great Barrier Reef . . . Sort Of

Okay so this whole thing isn't ideal, but it's also not as bad as it sounds. Basically on Tuesday there were two Navy AV-8B Harrier fighter jets that had launched from the USS Bonhomme Richard aircraft carrier and were doing a training exercise. They planned to drop bombs on Townshend Island bombing range, but were… »7/21/13 1:36pm7/21/13 1:36pm

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

When a bomb explodes, you can't outmaneuver 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… »4/17/13 12:00pm4/17/13 12:00pm

The US Military Tested a Tsunami Bomb That Could Rival the Nuclear Bomb

We've all seen the destruction that tsunamis can cause. It doesn't play around. But back in 1944, the US military wanted to play around with tsunamis in hope of creating a man made tsunami bomb—basically setting off 10 large blasts in the ocean to create a 33-foot tsunami that would pulverize and drown a city. »1/03/13 11:00pm1/03/13 11:00pm

Physicists Claim It Would Be Impossible to Nuke an Earth-Killing Asteroid

If you've always assumed that the idea proposed in Armageddon could save us in the face of a crisis, by destroying an asteroid to avert the destruction of Earth, think again. Physicists from Leicester University, UK, have calculated that such a feat would require a bomb a billion times stronger than the biggest bomb… »8/09/12 4:00am8/09/12 4:00am