Since the 9/11 attacks, researchers in the United States have conducted exceptionally cruel, even superfluous, experiments on animals to develop countermeasures to weapons of mass destruction. But as BuzzFeed reporter Peter Aldhous asks: Is all this suffering really necessary?
In Christopher Golden’s latest novel Tin Men, drone warfare is taken to a new extreme: robotic foot soldiers. In it, soldiers are uploaded into robots to stem soldier casualties while maintaining world order. When the power is cut, trapping them inside, they face their greatest test.
This is a story about how the U.S. military built a lavish headquarters in Afghanistan that wasn’t needed, wasn’t wanted and wasn’t ever used at a cost to American taxpayers of at least $25 million.
In one of its more bizarre PR ideas ever, the CIA toyed with using heat-sensitive Osama dolls that turned into demons to scare little kiddies away from joining al-Qaeda. Although someone in the chain of command saw sense and shut the project down, three prototypes were made, and they're now being auctioned off.
Secretary of State John Kerry ran his mouth on Pakistani TV Thursday, vowing problematically that drone strikes "will end as we have eliminated most of the threat and will continue to eliminate it." That's like saying you'll stop drinking as soon as you're out of booze.
Are you worried about Barack Obama reading all your emails and listening to all your phone calls? Beefing up your privacy settings is one thing, but fighting in the greater war to protect your Constitutional rights is another. You should do the latter, y'know, to be a good American. Here's how to get started.
Scientists have a new laser sensor they say can detect roadside bombs, the cause of more than half the soldier deaths in Afghanistan and Iraq.
Ever wonder how we went from carefree flying to mandatory groping at airport gates in less than ten years? Or how the Joint Special Operations Command grew from an unknown hostage rescue team into the crew that killed Bin Laden?
Since the 2001 anthrax scare in the US, the government here has maintained a list of 80 microbes and toxins that are essentially forbidden to researchers. Now scientists say the list is undermining security rather than strengthening it.
"For six long minutes on June 30, screening operations froze at Jackson-Evers International Airport's West checkpoint in Mississippi." Bated breath. "Transportation Security Officer Scot Peele leveraged his training and experience when he detected the suspicious item while monitoring the X-ray image of the passenger's…
Things you will have to forget in order to enjoy War Games: The Dead Code: The fact that it's supposed to be a direct-to-DVD sequel to War Games, the decent 1980s hacker-almost-starts-WWIII epic. The fact that even Homeland Security might be aware that "online gamers" and "terrorists" are probably mutually exclusive…
UK robotics professor Noel Sharkey is raising a fuss over the US Defense Department's intention to put $4 billion into "unmanned systems" in the next year or two. One fear is that spillover from all that R&D will give terrorists new ways to build effective GPS-guided suicide bombers for $500 or less.But Sharkey has…
After long nights in the lab, probably fuelled by gallons of coke, researchers at Missouri's University of Saint Louis have come up with a sugar-powered fuel cell. The battery, that runs on anything from soft drinks to tree sap, has the potential to run up to four times as long on a single charge than conventional…
Are you a uniter, not a divider? You be The Decider with War on Terror: The Boardgame, where you can be a suicide bomber or a megalomaniacal leader of a superpower, slinging propaganda and grabbing the oil. Get lucky, and you might stumble upon nuclear weapons and teach the world a lesson.