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Judge Says Amazon Not Liable for Selling Exploding Hoverboards

A judge in Tennessee this week found that Amazon isn’t liable for the millions of dollars in damages caused by an exploding hoverboard that was sold through the company’s website. Read More >>

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Stop Throwing Mobile Phone Batteries in the Bin, You’re Firebombing Bin Lorries

It can be difficult to figure out what to do with your old electronics when you’re ready to move on from them, but here is one thing you should definitely not do: throw them in the bin. Discarded devices powered by lithium-ion batteries are basically fire bombs waiting to explode on unsuspecting sanitation workers. Read More >>

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Watching an Water-Filled Exercise Ball Explode Will Make You Feel Better About Things

It is deeply satisfying — momentarily, anyway — to watch a bloated exercise ball filled with water explode as it hits the ground. It reminds me of something I watched recently, but I can’t quite put my finger on it. Huh. Read More >>

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Keep Computer Duster Very Far From Boiling Water

Despite the name “canned air”, computer duster isn’t oxygen at all. It’s actually 1,1-Difluoroethane kept under pressure in its liquid form and released as a freezing cold gas. It can cause moderate frostbite. It can get you high if you huff it (but don’t do that — it’s a truly awful idea.) And it makes boiling water explode. Wait, what? Read More >>

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This is What The Site of Britain’s Largest Non-Nuclear Explosion Looks Like 70 Years Later

On Nov. 27th, 1944, 4,000 tonnes of bombs went off at RAF Fauld, a munitions facility in the English countryside near Hanbury, Burton. The explosion was so great that it caused a mushroom cloud and could be felt as far as Morocco. Read More >>

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This is How Science Helped Hollywood Make More Realistic Explosions

Everybody knows that embarrassing “nope” moment in the cinema when CGI explosions just don’t look real at all. Fortunately, science has helped Hollywood improve things in recent years — and this video shows how. Read More >>

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Terrifying New Close-Up Camera Footage of the Antares Rocket Explosion

The up-close footage from the ill-fated launch attempt of the Orbital Sciences Corporation Antares rocket has just released, almost a month later. Read More >>

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A London Pavement Exploded and Yet, Pedestrians Still Walked on It

Between sinkholes and flooding, I wouldn't trust stepping out the door at the moment in the UK. Add now to the underfoot dangers exploding pavements, as seen yesterday on London's Caledonian Road. Is this the end times? Read More >>

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How a Build-Up of Methane Gas Caused a Toilet to Explode

We've all looked at a public toilet and thought it was a bit too ropey to plonk our butts down on, but rarely does it end with anything worse than a turned stomach and a serious shower once we've got home. But to come away with third degree burns from a trip to the loo? Read More >>

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Holy Crap It’s Good This Airplane Wasn’t Flying When Its Jet Exploded

Yesterday this Airbus A330 was zipping down the runway of Manchester Airport, UK, ready to take off and head to the Dominican Republic. And then, holy crap, its jet engine exploded. Read More >>

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Apparently No One Noticed This Humongous Explosion on the Moon

A massive explosion, equivalent to five tonnes of TNT annihilating our satellite's surface, hit the poor Moon back in March. It created a bright flash that glowed like a 4th magnitude star, and could be seen by the naked eye, but apparently no one spotted it, until now. Read More >>

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The Bomb-Proof Miracle Materials That Will Make the Future Safer

When a bomb explodes, you can't outmaneuver it; you probably can't even take cover quickly enough to protect yourself. Instead, you have to hope that there's something — anything — already in the way that can shield you from the blast. Here are five of the best future bomb-proof materials that could end up saving lives in our increasingly uncertain future. Read More >>

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Russian Meteorite Exploded With “30 Times the Energy Released by the Hiroshima Atomic Bomb”

Following last week's meteorite explosion, scientists have finally had chance to sit down and figure out exactly what happened — and the results help explain why it shook Russia so hard. Read More >>

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25 of the Deadliest Explosions Man’s Ever Made

Everybody likes to watch explosions. Come on, admit it: You like looking at enormous blasts on You Tube because they simultaneously thrill you and yet make you feel safer and more cautious in your tiny little life. OK, maybe I am projecting a little. But who cares. Whether they're the result of war, science, freak accidents, or rocket failures, destruction is in our blood. The fireball is our final heartbeat, the blastwave is our last breath. I hope you love the following selection of devastating detonations as much as I do. Read More >>

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Watch This Man Blow Up a Yacht in the Name of Safety

No, he's not a billionaire playboy running wild; this is just an ordinary man, doing his level best to help keep the gin-and-tonic-swilling sailors of the world safe, by finding out what happens if you leave the gas on in your yacht. (We've all been there, I'm sure). Read More >>