history
How the Royal Flying Corps’ ‘Superman’ ‘Image Masked a Crisis of Nervous Disorders During WWI

As the Great War was concerned there are few figures glamorised more than the fighter pilots of the Royal Flying Corps. As ‘knights of the skies’, fighter pilots were immortalised as full of derring-do and 'can do' spirit. Anyone who’s enjoyed the irreverence of Blackadder Goes Forth will remember the flying ace Lord Flashheart and his enormous ego. He may have been a braggart, but he is indefatigable and his actions match his words. Read More >>

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95-Year-Old Bletchley Codebreaker Still Saying Nothing, Just in Case

Margaret Wilson is one of the remaining few who manned the wires at Bletchley Park during WWII, where she worked as a radio operator listening to German broadcasts for clues and encoded messages. And she's still not saying anything about it because her boss said not to. Read More >>

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BBC Launches VR Bombing Run on Berlin

1943 Berlin Blitz is a new historical production from the BBC's VR department, which reenacts the wartime efforts of the corporation's reporter Wynford Vaughan-Thomas and his sound recordist Reg Pidsley. Read More >>

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Weapons Manufacturers Routinely Sponsor School Lessons

Companies that make a living selling bombs at least on the side are the target of an investigation by the Campaign Against Arms Trade, which says the likes of BAE, Raytheon and Thales are sponsoring learning sessions for primary school children in what would appear to be an attempt to groom kids for careers as warhead assemblers. Read More >>

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Meet the Nuclear Weapons Nerds

John Coster Mullen was driving his lorry to a warehouse in the US state of Wisconsin when he told me that he owns uranium. He’d been talking on the phone for about hour, and I hadn’t been able to ask a single question about the project that has consumed a quarter century of his lifethe reverse-engineering of America’s first nuclear bomb. I was too engrossed to interrupt. The news of uranium, though, made me stutter. Read More >>

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Hey, Has Anyone Seen Russia’s Allegedly Missing Nuclear-Powered Missile?

The Russian military is searching for a “nuclear-powered” missile that it lost at sea, at least according to anonymous U.S. intelligence sources who spoke to CNBC. Read More >>

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Peter Jackson Jazzes up WWI in 3D and Colour to Traumatise the Kids

Peter Jackson's about to release a film about the Great War, but it won't feature 10,000 CG soldiers rampaging across a CG France. It'll star the actual soldiers of the first world war, with archive footage restored, colourised and thrust through a 3D filter in order to give today's generation a small sense of what it was like to almost certainly get slaughtered in a wet trench 100 years ago. Read More >>

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Russian Arms Maker Reveals Mecha ‘Concept’ That Looks Suspiciously Like a Giant Robot Statue

Russian arms manufacturer Kalashnikov is showing off its latest and greatest death machines at the Army-2018 international forum in Moscow this week. And one of its most stunning designs is something straight out of Robocop. The only problem? It looks like it’s just a statue. Read More >>

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Bell Ringers Needed For One Day National Special

If you've ever fancied having a go on the ropes and smashing some church bells around, 2018 is the year to get in there and tick that off your bucket list. It's the 100th anniversary of the end of the Great War this November, and the bells will be ringing out like never before to mark the occasion. Read More >>

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The Futuristic Invisible Wall That Was Supposed to Protect Entire Towns From Missiles in 1959

When you hear about the concept of missile defence in space, your first thought might be Ronald Reagan’s Strategic Defense Initiative, more commonly called Star Wars. But ideas for an invisible missile shield in the sky are much older than the 1980s. As just one example, we have this Sunday comic strip from 1959, which imagined the missile defences of the future. Read More >>

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How a US Military Contractor Wanted to Use Jetpacks in the Vietnam War

When you think of jetpacks, your first thought is probably an image of some fun, carefree piece of pop culture like The Jetsons or James Bond. But jetpacks were serious business for the US military in the 1960s. And, believe it or not, there were plenty of futuristic ideas that involved deploying jetpacks on the battlefield in Vietnam. Read More >>

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Artists Quit Design Museum in Row Over Arms Trade Event

A group of creatives currently exhibiting their work at London's Design Museum have asked to have their pieces removed from the gallery, thanks to museum bosses taking a large payday from Leonardo -- a rather big military contractor. Read More >>

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WWII-Era Time Capsule Found in US Home, and the Contractor Wants Internet Sleuths’ Help

Do you know WWII veteran Richard Silagy or his family? Silagy lived in the city of Cleveland in the US state of Ohio, sometime after World War II and hid a time capsule filled with personal items in his home. The time capsule was recently discovered by a housing contractor doing improvements on the house, but a search online for Silagy or any living relatives has been a failure. The contractor is now turning to the public for help. Read More >>

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Morbid Researchers Imagine a ‘Best-Case Scenario’ for Nuclear War, and the Results Are Grim

There are currently about 15,000 nuclear warheads on Earth — enough to blow our planet to kingdom come. It’s complete overkill, literally. But how many nukes is enough to deter an enemy? And how many nukes could an aggressor nation drop on an enemy before the effects of nuclear winter come back to haunt them? A new study tackles these grim questions, but the answers aren’t as satisfying or clear cut as the researchers would like to believe. Read More >>

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Dad’s Army Stamps are Real and Not a Viral Brexit Joke

Looking fairly amateurish and as if they've been made as a Brexit joke for Twitter isn't helping these Dad's Army stamps convince people they're real, but they are. You may now order a stamp of a useless old part-time home guard member advising his colleagues not to panic or warning of impending doom. Read More >>