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Bristol Student Accidentally Made High Explosive in Chemistry Experiment

A student at Bristol University has generated quite the amazing anecdote to tell people he or she meets for the rest of his life, after forcing the uni to evacuate its buildings when it turned out that the dangerous explosive triacetone triperoxide, or TATP as it's known in DIY terror circles, had been manufactured during a routine chemistry experiment. Read More >>

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Vicar Arrested for Trying to Disarm Warplanes

Reverend Dan Woodhouse has been caught doing something naughty, and it doesn't involve collection boxes or choir boys -- he's been aiming big. He tried to break into an arms manufacturer and disarm a few warplanes to make the world marginally safer. Read More >>

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How Close Do You Live to a Nuclear Bomb?

Hooray. If you live south of the Equator or in any of the countries that light up green in the map above, you’re good. Keep on living there because you don’t squat next to any nuclear weapons. But if you’re in the countries painted red — like the United States, Germany, Russia, China, India, etc. — you might live closer to a nuclear bomb than you think. Read More >>

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Could We Survive a Nuclear Winter?

Here’s the short answer: we probably could not survive a nuclear winter. But the long answer depends on which countries are going to war, how many nukes are being dropped, and where those bombs are being detonated. Read More >>

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The True Scale of Nuclear Bombs Is Terrifying

Nuclear weapons are already scary enough, but when you dig deeper and find out how powerful the weapons truly are, they get even more terrifying. Read More >>

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What is a Controlled Explosion?

Today’s uplifting bit of news comes courtesy of Scotland Yard, which has issued the mother of state-the-obvious guidance for anyone who might happen to find themselves stuck in the middle of a terrorist attack in London. “Run as far away as possible,” said Scotland Yard Assistant Commissioner Mark Rowley to the Evening Standard, not actually being sarcastic at all. Read More >>

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Scientist Wants to Engineer Locusts Into Remote-Controlled Bomb Detectors

Though locusts are traditionally associated with biblical plagues that destroy crops, it turns out they could have a second career as remote-controlled cyborgs that sniff out explosives. Read More >>

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Here’s How Many Weapons a B-52 Bomber Can Hold

The B-52 Bomber has been around since the 1950s. It’s a legendary beast that stretches 47 metres in length, has a wingspan of 56 metres, and stands 12 metres tall. Read More >>

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Can You Paint a Room by Blowing Up a Bucket of Paint?

Painting a wall is boring because it takes so much time, and requires so much preparation to not get paint everywhere. But what if it could be exciting and done quickly and the point was to get paint everywhere? What if you blew up some paint buckets to see if the explosion of colours could paint a room? Read More >>

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Why You Should Never Name Your Hotspot ‘Mobile Detonation Device’ When Flying

Go on, have a wild guess. A wise-arse who’s probably feeling pretty proud of themselves right now caused pandemonium over the weekend when a fellow passenger on the Qantas flight from Melbourne to Perth stumbled upon their Wi-Fi hotspot, which had a rather striking name. Read More >>

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All the Largest Nuclear Explosions in History

Nuclear bombs are the deadliest weapons we’ve ever created because of the destruction they’ve caused to human life and the damage they leave with radiation and the sheer magnitude of their explosions. The arms race led to more and more testing of bigger and bigger bombs. Here are the largest nuclear explosions in history. Read More >>

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Suicide Bomber Blew Himself Out of a Plane, Everyone Else Survives

A photograph of a Somalian airliner shows a hole in the side of the fuselage, one punched through from the inside when a suicide bomber is thought to have detonated his device. Luckily for everyone else, the blast only made a hole in the side wall and sucked out the bomber. Read More >>

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‘Vague’ Bomb Threat Forces Baffled Apple Staff to Evacuate Irish HQ

4,500 Irish Apple employees had a jolly morning of standing around in car parks yesterday, after local police received a "very vague threat" that there was an explosive device in one of the company's offices. Read More >>

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US Bombing of IS Cash Depot Sends Money Flying Everywhere

Holy crap. Declassified footage of a US bombing of ISIS cash depots has been released and you can see the airstrike that made millions of dollars fly away in a swarm after the explosion. The money spreads all over the place. Read More >>