The Almost Perfect World War II Plot to Bomb Japan with Bats

Imagine: a quiet, tense night in the middle of wartime. A plane rips through the air above your city, rupturing the stillness. The bay doors open, and out whistles a bomb. It drops and drops. Everyone braces. But when it explodes, the city is filled not with the flash of impact, but with hundreds and hundreds of tiny,… »8/05/15 7:00pm8/05/15 7:00pm

These Videos of Nuclear Weapon Tests Are Terrifying But Spectacular

It’s impossible to forget just how immense the destructive power of a nuclear weapon is, but there is nothing quite like watching an explosion to hit that point home. These videos capture the test detonations of various nuclear weapons, letting us witness the immediate effects safely behind our computer screens. »5/22/15 8:00pm5/22/15 8:00pm

How Police Body Cameras Were Designed to Get Cops Off the Hook

In the wake of protests over police violence against black men, many civil rights activists are calling for a high-tech solution: strapping wearable body cameras to cops. The idea is to hold police accountable for unnecessary violence. But the history of police body cams reveals that the devices have often had the… »3/16/15 2:48pm3/16/15 2:48pm

The Computer Simulation That Almost Started World War III

Remember the 1983 movie WarGames? The film is about a computer "game" with the potential to start thermonuclear war. But strangely this scenario is more truth than fiction. Because in 1979 programmers at NORAD almost started World War III when they accidentally ran a computer simulation of a Soviet attack. »2/17/15 12:18pm2/17/15 12:18pm

Saudi Arabia Is Building a 600-Mile Wall Along the Iraq Border

Saudi Arabia is building great wall — or rather, a great chainlink fence with razor wire — to "protect against ISIS" in Iraq. And it's not the only country investing in very expensive walls right now, even though they probably won't work. Why? Because walls aren't just about security. They're also powerful symbols. »2/11/15 2:19pm2/11/15 2:19pm

If You're Planning To Invade The US, 2028 Will Be The Optimum Year

Timing is everything in warfare, so here's a helpful tip for any up-and-coming global superpowers, evil masterminds or future corporate nation-states. The best year to stage your very own version of Red Dawn could be in 2028, when the U.S. Navy, the main protector of America's sovereignty, will be at its weakest. »12/26/14 10:40am12/26/14 10:40am

The Navy's ship-mounted laser cannon has been a long time coming, notes Brian Resnick, who chronicle

The Navy's ship-mounted laser cannon has been a long time coming, notes Brian Resnick, who chronicles the 50-year history of the military's "dream" project. "The LASER may be the biggest breakthrough in the weapons area since the atomic bomb," the head of the Army Ordnance Missile Command wrote in 1962. »12/15/14 1:41pm12/15/14 1:41pm

New Report Says Federal Agents Who Transport Nukes Have Anger Issues

The U.S. nuclear weapons program has been plagued by failings such as misplaced weapons, drug abuse and a cheating scandal. And now, the Energy Department's Office of the Inspector General tells us, some federal employees who transport these weapons have engaged in "unsuitable behavior" such as "uncontrolled anger." »12/01/14 3:20pm12/01/14 3:20pm

The Multiple Asian Border Disputes That Could Trigger The Next War

The ongoing — and some would say, worsening — tension between China and Japan over disputed islands in the East China Sea frequently makes headlines. But often overlooked are the dozen or so other rival territorial claims across Asia that could erupt into wars, dragging in neighboring countries or the U.S. »11/11/14 11:40am11/11/14 11:40am