aeroplanes
DIY Garden Spitfire Refurb Wins Museum Place

A man's self-build Spitfire, based on a storm-damaged replica chassis bought from a museum years ago, is about to make the leap from weird local attraction to full museum exhibit. Read More >>

books
Guillermo del Toro and Cornelia Funke Are Writing a New Pan’s Labyrinth Novel

As much as Guillermo del Toro’s Pan’s Labyrinth is a fantasy/horror film about a young girl dealing with the psychological trauma of living through war, it’s also a dark, mesmerissing fairytale about fantastical creatures and realms that exist beyond the bounds of human imagination. Now, more than a decade after the film’s release, the world of Pan’s Labyrinth is getting bigger. Read More >>

war
The MoD Has Blown £500m on Storing Old Nuclear Subs

Fans of the history of the UK's submarine fleet will be pleased to know we have numerous classic old nuclear-powered subs in various storage sites around the country, although government financial watchdogs aren't best pleased about it, as the lifetime cost to the Ministry of Defence for storing these ancient subs has now breached the £500m mark. Read More >>

china
Top US General Plans to Meet With Google Execs to Scold Them for Doing Business in China

The relationship between Silicon Valley and the Pentagon is one of the most high-stakes, high-tension, and high-dollar links in the world. Desperate to lead the globe’s militaries in artificial intelligence, the US Defense Department is trying to navigate a maze of tech employee protests and political minefields with the hope of getting cosier with American technology giants. Read More >>

war
Trump Rescinds Policy of Reporting Civilian Deaths by Drone Strike

The head of the US intelligence community is no longer required to publish an annual report detailing the number of civilians and enemy combatants killed in US drone strikes abroad. Read More >>

war
US Army Assures Public That Robot Tank System Adheres to AI Murder Policy

Last month, the US Army put out a call to private companies for ideas about how to improve its planned semi-autonomous, AI-driven targeting system for tanks. In its request, the Army asked for help enabling the Advanced Targeting and Lethality Automated System (ATLAS) to “acquire, identify, and engage targets at least 3X faster than the current manual process.” But that language apparently scared some people who are worried about the rise of AI-powered killing machines. And with good reason. Read More >>

war
Report: More Than 300 Chemical Weapons Attacks in Syria, With Pro-Assad Forces Responsible for 98 Per Cent

Well over 300 chemical weapons attacks have occurred during the nearly eight years-long Syrian civil war, with President Bashar al-Assad’s government and its allies accounting for the vast majority of them, the Washington Post reported on Sunday, citing new research by the Global Public Policy Institute (GPPI). Read More >>

history
Famed WW2 Aircraft Carrier Torpedoed in 1942 Found Miles Deep in Pacific Ocean

After 77 years, the wreck of the USS Hornet has finally been found, lying more than three miles deep in South Pacific waters. The storied aircraft carrier—sunk by Japanese torpedoes in 1942 with the loss of 140 men— played a critical role during the Second World War, most famously in the Doolittle Raid and the Battle of Midway. Read More >>

war
The US Army Thinks Their New Rifle Will Be Like an iPhone

There are not many ways in which an iPhone resembles a battle rifle, but military officials searching for a contractor to build the gun of the future seem to think there is. Read More >>

google
Gig Workers Unknowingly Helped Google and the Pentagon Build AI for Drones: Report

The future of artificial intelligence and war sounds dizzyingly high-tech, but that’s not always the case. Read More >>

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US Withdraws From Nuclear Weapons Treaty With Russia, Paving the Way for a New Arms Race

It’s official. America's Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, recently announced that the US will withdraw from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) treaty with Russia, a landmark agreement first signed in 1987 that helped protect the world from nuclear war. Read More >>

wtf
WWI Hand Grenade Found Among Potato Shipment at Crisp Factory in Hong Kong

A hand grenade that authorities say is from World War I turned up unexpectedly at a crisp factory at an industrial estate in Hong Kong last week, the South China Morning Post reported Saturday. Read More >>

wtf
Man Discovers ‘WWII Hand Grenade,’ Drives It to Local Taco Bell

A good thing to do if you ever happen to find a grenade is to immediately call the authorities, as one man has evidently just learned. Read More >>

futurism
British Kids From the 1960s Had Some Really Dark Predictions for the Future

Some of the most interesting predictions for the future don’t come from expert futurists or well-financed think tanks, they come from average kids. Today, we have video from the 1960s that features kids talking about their own vision for tomorrow. And it’s depressing as hell. Read More >>

history
World War I-Era German Submarine Resurfaces From the Sand Near French Coast

The remains of SM UC-61, a World War I German minelaying submarine c(also known as a U-boat) is resurfacing on the coast of Wissant near Calais over a century after it was abandoned and scuttled by its 26-sailor crew before they surrendered to the French, the BBC reported on Saturday. Read More >>