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

Robo Sally: The Best Bomb Disposal Bot Is Also the Most Human

Of the 25,000 Explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) missions conducted by the US military in Iraq, only 30 have resulted in fatalities according to Army Col. K. Reinhard, commander of the joint EOD teams operating in the theater. That's still 30 too many. And that's why DARPA's developed the most advanced EOD surrogate… » 6/04/13 11:35am 6/04/13 11:35am

Search and Disarm: The Cop Bot That Takes Down Bombs

Explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) is one of the deadliest jobs in the military and it's no less dangerous here at home. But since Lieutenant-Colonel 'Peter' Miller designed the Wheelbarrow in 1972 against IRA IEDs in Northern Ireland, remote EOD robots have played an enormous part in explosive disarmarment. So when… » 4/16/13 11:37am 4/16/13 11:37am

The Time I Planted a Pipe Bomb Under Someone's Truck

I almost crash into a truck, at first. I can turn on a dime and accelerate like a tiny nitrous-oxide-fueled bat out of hell—even though I'm holding a 10-pound pipe bomb, 30 percent of my body weight. I don't know what I'm doing, really. But by the time I get to the truck to plant the bomb, it's easy. I know exactly… » 12/27/11 4:30pm 12/27/11 4:30pm