Russia Is Building a Star Fort on This Strategic Arctic Island

For decades, Wrangel Island has been classified as a nature preserve. Situated in the icy Chukchi Sea which flows between the Russian and Alaskan coasts, this quiet, hilly island is now home to a rapidly-growing Russian military base comprised of "prefabricated modules" arranged in a star formation. » 9/09/14 11:13am 9/09/14 11:13am

The Loyal Dogs Who Served Alongside Human Soldiers In War

Both cats and dogs have served as mascots and pets during wartime, but while cats were useful for pest control, dogs had a rather different set of duties, including tracking, scouting, serving as sentries, and carrying messages into battle. Here are some of the animal soldiers who served as man's best friend in war. » 9/01/14 3:00pm 9/01/14 3:00pm

Black And White Photos From The First World War, Now In Color

To commemorate the World War I centenary, the Open University enlisted a photograph restoration expert to painstakingly colorize black and white images found in archives around the world. Staring at us from across a century, the people in the images convey iconic moments on battlefields and at the home front. » 8/07/14 7:00am 8/07/14 7:00am

How Wildlife Decline Leads to Slavery and Terrorism

The harvest of wild animals each year injects more than $400 billion dollars into the world economy. That harvest provides 15% of the planet's human population with a livelihood. It's the primary source of animal protein for more than a billion of our species. It's also led to piracy, slavery, and terrorism. » 7/25/14 5:44pm 7/25/14 5:44pm

Stunning Aerial Images of Hill Forts from Britain's Iron Age

Some 3,000 "hill forts" or "defended enclosures" are scattered across Britain. The elevated land provided a defensive advantage, with lines of fortifications—such as walls and ditches—erected around the hills' contours. Seen from the ground, they must have been imposing; seen from the sky, they're exquisite. » 7/02/14 2:54pm 7/02/14 2:54pm

The 10 Maddest of the Mad Science Projects Funded by DARPA

Founded in 1958 to prevent technological surprises such as Sputnik, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency funds projects that are both outside the box and off the wall. Although DARPA gave us the Internet and GPS, plenty of its blue-sky ideas have crashed back down to Earth. Here are ten of them. » 6/30/14 10:10am 6/30/14 10:10am

Captain Blackadder And Private Baldrick Actually Served In WWI

One of the all-time great British comedy series, Blackadder, featured Rowan Atkinson and a cast of goofball characters set in different historical periods. And now a military genealogy website has tracked down the real-life counterparts of the characters who appeared in the series' WWI finale, Blackadder Goes Forth. » 6/26/14 8:40am 6/26/14 8:40am

Here's What Yesterday's Successful Missile Defense Test Really Means

On Sunday, a ground-based interceptor fired from Vandenberg Air Force Base destroyed a mock enemy warhead launched from the Marshall Islands. The Pentagon hailed it as a major success for the troubled national missile defense system, which has cost $40 billion since 2004. But, in truth, it changes little. » 6/23/14 10:20am 6/23/14 10:20am