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Could you really trigger a bomb with a decrease in vital signs?

It's the last scene of a film you've waited months to see. The villain makes a smug remark, stating that if his heart stops, a nuclear device in a distant shed will go off. The hero, of course, lowers his gun and pauses. Bomb triggers linked to vital signs often appear in fiction, making for an easy plot devices. But… » 8/17/12 7:00am 8/17/12 7:00am

You Have Ten Seconds To Reach Minimum Safe Distance



Science fiction has always had a dark obsession with destroying things, and spaceships are a constant target. When not worrying about enemy ships fragging them to pieces, crews have to worry self-destruct sequences, on-board bombs, lousy construction, bad driving, and suicidal commanders who seem hell-bent on… » 2/12/08 11:20am 2/12/08 11:20am

Israeli Bomb Disposal Robot Has a Terrible Job Cleaning Up After Humans

Yesterday in Israel, a bomb disposal robot inspected the scene of a suicide bombing at a shopping mall in the town of Dimona. The bot is remote controlled, and used an articulated arm to remove the jacket of the alleged bomber to be sure he doesn't have more explosives on his body. Want to see what else the robot… » 2/05/08 7:00am 2/05/08 7:00am