What are These Giant Concrete Rings Built by the Nazis?

These huge concrete rings were built by the Germans during World War II on the coast of the Barents Sea. For decades, the Soviet military limited access to them after the war was over, fuelling speculation about their purpose. Conspiracy theorists and local folk claimed they were test grounds for Nazi weapons and antigravity devices. Read More >>

Meet Porton Man, the £1.1 Million Robot Soldier Guinea Pig

Looks like Boston Dynamics' super creepy hazmat robot, Petman, just got a new best friend. Say hello to Porton Man, the Ministry of Defence's brand new £1.1 million, animatronic robot pet. Read More >>

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Reaper Drones Might Add Dual-Mode Brimstone Missiles to Their Arsenal

Just in case the RQ-9 Reaper wasn't effective enough as it is, the DoD is considering adding a hyper-accurate, collateral damage-minimising supersonic missile to its armament. These things are nuts. Read More >>

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 humour! All joking aside, there have been several reports showing the use of high voltage stun guns, like the Taser, (known in the medical world as electronic control devices, or ECD's) can (rarely) cause cardiac arrest. Read More >>

These Weapon Cutaways are Incredibly Revealing

Behold this precise and totally awesome cutaway rendering of a Colt .45 pistol by Ukrainian illustrator Alex Lartsev—aka Abiator. Read More >>

Don't Let Kids Anywhere Near This Arrow-Shooting Slingshot

We usually think of slingshots as the weapon of choice for precocious little kids, but in the right hands they can be deadly. Especially when they're designed to fire actual hunting arrows like the Survival Slingshot that lets you take down prey larger than sparrows and squirrels. Read More >>

This is What a Ground-Penetrating Nuclear Bomb Impact Looks Like

A ground-penetrating nuclear bomb has been used for the first time in six years on US soil—but, fortunately, without its nuclear warhead in place. Read More >>

Can You Safely Catch a Bullet Fired By a Gun?

Catching a bullet as it flies through the air is a tired old illusion—but can it actually be done in real life? Surprisingly, yes—at least, theoretically. Read More >>

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Throwing Snowballs is for Losers Who Don't Have Specialised Weaponry

It shouldn't surprise you that that's what our good buddy Joerg Sprave is talking about too. He's here to clear up any misconceptions you might have about slinging snow, and launch puffy white projectiles that boast serious speeds without threatening to take your shoulder out with them. Read More >>

These Computer-Guided "Smart" Rifles Will Make Anyone a Crack Shot

Not every soldier out there is a quick-drawing Billy The Kid -- some need a little more help when it comes to dealing death on the battlefield. A new breed of computer-aided weaponry could however, for better or worse, help make sure that their aim is true. Read More >>

This Rubber Band Gatling Gun Fires 14 Rounds Per Second

Rubber band gatling guns are not a new invention, but good God, they keep getting better. Read More >>

America Might Be About To Get Its First Indoor Throwing Star Range

If this website is to be believed, come 2014, Lexington, Kentucky could easily replace Orlando, Florida as the most popular vacation spot in the country. Because next spring the city will be host to the nation's first indoor throwing star range and sake bar. Because nothing goes better with rice wine than a throwable metal weapon with multiple razor-sharp blades. Read More >>

It's Only Mr. T! 30 Years of Toys Confiscated From London Schools

Yeah, it's easy to romanticise the past, but there's something almost sweet about Confiscation Cabinets, an exhibition at the V&A's Museum of Childhood showing 30 years' worth of contraband swiped from kids at over 150 schools in London. Read More >>

The Credit Card Knife is Now Even More Terrifyingly Stealth

This credit card is really a knife. Just putting that out there in case it wasn't coming across already. It's a 2.2mm thick, 85.6mm x 54mm CNC machined aluminium treat. Keep it in your wallet to impress your friends and gore your enemies! Read More >>

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Okay Sure, Let's Watch a Real-Life Laser Gun Destroy Raw Pork

What do you like to do in your free time? Play boardgames? Watch Netflix? Cook quinoa? These are all perfectly normal ways to while away your days, but German hobbyist Patrick Priebe builds laser guns. This is a perfectly awesome way to spend your free time. Read More >>

The Pigeon-Guided Missiles and Bat Bombs of World War II

Ever heard of Project Pigeon andProject X-Ray, the WWII plans to use pigeons to guide missiles and (literal) bat bombers? Read More >>


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