Never Try to Blast Open an ATM in Flip Flops

This past Christmas eve, one industrious young man decided to use the empty streets and twinkling lights to his advantage for a round of some good, old fashioned ATM blasting. It did not go well. » 12/31/14 10:30am 12/31/14 10:30am

New Nanotech Sensors Could Put Bomb-Sniffing Dogs Out of a Job

TSA lines are the very definition of a "necessary evil." Everyone hates the long waits and the awkward disrobing dances as you rid yourself of all your shoes, smartphones, metal, etc. Yet, we're eternally grateful when crazy people with samurai swords don't fly coach. Now, a new breakthrough in nanotechnology could… » 7/22/14 12:31pm 7/22/14 12:31pm

The Fireworks Laws in Every State

The 4th of July is tomorrow, and we all know what that means: The casual and festive use of explosives. Well, that is if you live in (or near?) one of the 42 states where that sort of thing is allowed. If you're unsure whether you live in party town or under a wet blanket, this map can help you out. » 7/03/14 8:30am 7/03/14 8:30am

Watch a new Mac Pro full of C4 explosive blowing up in slow motion

RatedRR has taken their gadget torture from shooting at things to blowing them with C4—a plastic explosive—and detonation cord. The victim will make Apple fanboys weep: A new shiny Mac Pro. The results are obviously spectacular—but perhaps even more impressive is how hard the Mac Pro is. » 5/29/14 7:52pm 5/29/14 7:52pm

Explosive Pyrotechnic Pie Is Dangerous For More Than Just Your Diet

If you've been hunting for the perfect Thanksgiving dessert that will leave a lasting impression on your dinner guests, look no further than this recipe/experiment. The ingredients in your typical pumpkin pie aren't that far off from a chemical mix known as Rocket Candy that's typically made from sugar and an… » 11/28/13 10:30am 11/28/13 10:30am

Homemade Explosives Are the Most Satisfying Way To Carve a Pumpkin

When you're too old to go collect candy, and don't have any kids to go on your behalf, Halloween stops being as fun as it was when you were young. But don't worry—there are still plenty of ways to bring a little grownup fun back to October 31. For example, carving a pumpkin is considerably more awesome when you add… » 10/23/13 4:20pm 10/23/13 4:20pm

Blowing Up Beer Kegs with Detonating Cords Is an Explosive Party

Now I wish I had the genius and brass ones to think of this at a college party. The guys at RatedRR tapped a beer keg with detonation cord at varying lengths: 5 feet, 15 feet and 80 feet. As you can imagine, 80 feet of det cord is an amazing sight to see. The fireworks that an exploding keg can bring is only topped… » 8/26/13 11:00pm 8/26/13 11:00pm

Al-Qaeda Can Turn Clothes into Explosives By Dipping Them in Liquid

ABC News is reporting that al Qaeda has come up with a "new generation of liquid explosives" for a potential attack. The scary thing is that the bomb "would not be detected by current security measures". Even scarier is that a US official called the new method "ingenious". Well, then. » 8/05/13 10:22pm 8/05/13 10:22pm

How Dogs Become Awesome Bomb Sniffing Dogs

Because my imagination is trapped within the confines of my human pea brain, I always giggle to myself when I see dogs sniff anything and everything they run into. But dogs have 50 times more olfactory cells than we do! Of course they would put it to good use. And of course our human pea brains would put a dog's nose… » 7/09/13 10:00pm 7/09/13 10:00pm

What If Your Boarding Gate Doubled As a Bomb Detector?

Just when you thought you were free of airport security checkpoints once you reached your gate, Hitachi wants to make that the last line of defence for explosives detection. Working with the Nippon Signal Company and the University of Yamanashi it's developed a high-speed gate detector that gives one last sniff for… » 10/03/12 4:00pm 10/03/12 4:00pm

The SeaFox Mine Sweeper Will Destroy Iran's Explosives in the Strait of…

With tensions between Iran and the West rapidly rising over the nation's secretive nuclear technology developments, both sides are rattling their sabers. » 7/16/12 11:30am 7/16/12 11:30am

Watch This Immense Housing Structure Explode on Google Earth

Glasgow's Red Road tower block housing complex was constructed by the Glasgow Housing Associating (GHA) between 1964 and 1969, with the intention of providing a modern housing community for a whopping 5000 residents. » 6/12/12 9:00pm 6/12/12 9:00pm

Yemeni Would-Be Panty-Bomber Is Said to be CIA Double Agent

The New York Times reports in an article published online just now—for print in tomorrow's paper—that the Yemeni would-be bomber with the fancy panties was actually operating as a double agent for the C.I.A. » 5/08/12 8:30pm 5/08/12 8:30pm

Colorado Considers Blowing Up Frozen Cow Carcasses

High in the Rocky Mountains, in Denver, Colorado, a group of ill-fated cows wandered through a snow storm and took shelter in an old ranger cabin. The cows died in that cabin, frozen solid, never again to see the light of day. » 4/19/12 1:20am 4/19/12 1:20am

Lunatic Preparing to Bomb Government Buildings Arrested

Police have arrested a man who was allegedly in the process of building pipe bombs which he intended to use to kill elected officials, government workers, and returning military personnel. Don't worry, everybody, the world is still full of assholes. » 11/20/11 8:56pm 11/20/11 8:56pm

Scientists Can Make Bomb Detectors with Inkjet Printers

When properly designed, explosives detection sensors are really expensive. But researchers at Georgia Tech have developed a cheap, ammonia-detecting sensor that can be manufactured with an inkjet printer and some paper. » 10/31/11 12:00pm 10/31/11 12:00pm

Astrolite: The Liquid Land Mine

In their efforts to develop high-energy rocket fuel during Vietnam, researchers found the fuel they'd created was a little too powerful, consistently destroying the rockets they powered. After some refinement, the researchers dubbed it Astrolite—the air-scatterable liquid land mine. » 8/18/11 11:30am 8/18/11 11:30am

A Toy Truck Saved the Lives of Six Soldiers in Afghanistan

Staff Sgt. Christopher Fessenden is alive right now thanks to a toy truck. Seriously. The toy truck was always sent ahead of him in Afghanistan to look for roadside bombs. Last week, it ran into a tripwire and exploded. » 8/04/11 4:27pm 8/04/11 4:27pm

How To Defuse a Bomb

This morning a young Australian woman had a bomb strapped to her freaking neck in what seems to have been an extortion attempt. Terrifying. Luckily the bomb squad saved the day. But how exactly do they safely kill bombs dead? » 8/03/11 6:02pm 8/03/11 6:02pm

Hand Lemo-nades

Sadly, you cannot make lemonade from lemons by pulling the pin on these incendiary pieces of fruit to make them explode. They're inert, you see, and just a side project for tinkerer Chris Myles. » 6/26/11 5:00pm 6/26/11 5:00pm