Today, France Is Still Cleaning Up Hundred-Year-Old Bombs From WWI

A century ago today, the first shots of WWI were fired. It was the first modern conflict, fought with fatally efficient technology. Even today, crews must safely destroy bombs left untouched for a century. Erik Olsen traveled with one of those crews for The New York Times, bringing us a video glimpse at the delicate… » 6/28/14 3:00pm 6/28/14 3:00pm

If Einstein Had Never Been Born, Would We Still Have Nuclear Weapons?

Albert Einstein and his equation E=mc² are famously connected to the modern atomic age. But as nuclear historian Alex Wellerstein writes in this counterfactual account of history, the great physicist mattered less than you'd think in the invention of the nuclear bomb. » 6/28/14 9:00am 6/28/14 9:00am

These DIY Office Supply Weapons Definitely Won't Get You Fired, Nope

You graduated from middle school and found your way to a desk job, but that doesn't mean you have to leave rubber-band-powered projectile launchers behind. YouTube's mist8k is here to show us how to build three weapons of mass distraction, using stuff you've already got at your desk. Now (goofing off at) work can be… » 6/21/14 9:00am 6/21/14 9:00am

Small Town Police Are Getting Leftover War Vehicles and Machine Guns

As America's wars wind down, the troops are coming home and so are the M-16 rifles. Armored cars, land mine detectors, silencers, aircraft, and other leftover military equipment are flowing to police departments big and small. Free stuff is tough to turn down, but does a small Wisconsin city that hasn't seen a… » 6/09/14 3:40pm 6/09/14 3:40pm

How To Make Self-Igniting Fire Arrows For Your Next Medieval Siege

When you're tasked with invading a fortified castle, the easiest way to defeat your foes is to burn their home from the inside out. And while we've lost some of the medieval skills mastered by our ancestors, it turns out that creating your own self-igniting fire arrows isn't that difficult thanks to modern technology. » 5/12/14 11:20am 5/12/14 11:20am

Guy makes real life version of Jon Snow's sword from Game of Thrones

Though it's not forged from Valyrian steel, master swordsmith Tony Swatton made a pretty perfect real life version of Jon Snow's Longclaw sword from Game of Thrones. The sword's pommel has a nice ivory replica of Ghost, the hilt is exquisitely knotted and the blade is as ginormous and intimidating as it should be. » 5/05/14 7:16pm 5/05/14 7:16pm

The Pentagon Can't Keep Track of Ammo So It's Destroying $1B in Bullets

Outdated technology and government wastefulness seem to go hand in hand, but this time the two are combining for a startlingly huge money sink: the Pentagon is planning on destroying $1.2 billion in excess bullets and missiles, some of which could still be used by troops. And it's all because the military has no way… » 4/30/14 12:45pm 4/30/14 12:45pm

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

Ridiculously powerful handheld cannon blows up on the street

Never get in a street fight in Poland because you never know what kind of garage made weapons they'll bring out against. Like this makeshift cannon that can bring the boom like no other. The noise alone is intimidating. Eastern Europe seems like such a fun place for crazy people to do crazy stuff in the middle of the… » 4/22/14 1:20am 4/22/14 1:20am

This Smart Attachment Makes Judge Dredd's Lawgiver Gun a Reality

In the 2000 AD comics, anyone who had the balls to disarm the brutal Judge Dredd and attempt to use his Lawgiver pistol against him would be left flailing, with the weapon smart enough to know when it wasn't being wielded by the lawman. It's a concept that's now set to become a reality thanks to the Sentinl Identilock. » 3/27/14 7:45am 3/27/14 7:45am

Can Stun Guns Cause Cardiac Arrest?

Most of us have probably laughed at someone on television getting shocked by a stun gun. They tense up and fall to the ground, seizing like an epileptic. Once the shocking stops, the person gets up, seemingly unharmed. The occasional wet-your-pants complication is classic humor! All joking aside, there have been… » 3/18/14 6:20am 3/18/14 6:20am