A History Of The Most Impractical Weapons Ever Used In War

A lot of brainpower goes into designing weapons of war. Unfortunately, in a complicated situation, brainpower is a terrible substitute for testing. Here are some of the ingenious weapons of war that were great on paper and terrible in practice. » 2/16/15 1:20pm 2/16/15 1:20pm

Inside the Bunkers Where the US Will Obliterate Its Chemical Weapons

If you were driving across the beautiful southern Colorado landscape near Pueblo, you probably wouldn't even notice them: almost one thousand concrete storage "igloos" burrowed into the landscape. This 23,000-acre complex has stored the remaining biggest cache of chemical weapons in the US since World War II. Now,… » 2/04/15 1:54pm 2/04/15 1:54pm

Thousands of Tons of Nazi Chemical Weapons Are Hiding in the Baltic Sea

When the Nazis surrendered their weapons at the end of World War II, the Allies got rid of them in a way that made sense in the 1940s: they dumped it all into the water. Mustard gas and other chemical weapons—estimates ranging from 13,000 to 300,000 tons—are now slowly leaking into the Baltic Sea. » 4/27/14 1:00pm 4/27/14 1:00pm

The Eye-Watering Science Packed in a Can of Tear Gas

Tear gas is a relatively modern invention—a non-lethal repellant developed from the killer chemical weapons of World War I. But each canister relies on the fascinating chemistry of some ancient compounds and reactions. Wired gives us a look inside, without all the coughing and choking. » 4/04/14 10:22am 4/04/14 10:22am

This Vacuum Detonator Blows Deadly Chemical Weapons to Smithereens

Disposing of the world's chemical weapon stockpiles is far easier said than done. It's not like the good old days prior to WWII when we could just dump extraneous supplies of mustard gas and other chemical weapons into the open ocean or under Delaware roadways or just big pits at the Redstone Arsenal in Alabama—no,… » 10/22/13 11:20am 10/22/13 11:20am

Deadly Cloud: The Science Behind the Syrian Chemical Weapons Attack

It’s believed that last week the Syrian government murdered hundreds of its own civilians with chemical weapons. We don’t know which weapon they used, but we do know it’s one of a handful of chemicals called nerve agents. » 8/31/13 1:00pm 8/31/13 1:00pm

This Is the Chemical Weapon Reportedly Used by Syria Against its Own…

In the nearly two years since the start of the Syrian Civil War, the international community has steadfastly refused to directly intervene—despite reports of atrocities ranging from horrific detainee abuse to indiscriminate airstrikes and shelling against civilians. However, the Assad regime may have finally crossed… » 1/16/13 12:00pm 1/16/13 12:00pm