Weapons

TASER Pulse is a new self-defense weapon for the public

TASER Pulse is a new self-defense weapon for the public

TASER has introduced a new taser designed for the consuming public; it is a self-defense weapon, of course, but one that is less dangerous and lethal than carrying a concealed firearm. Called the TASER Pulse, this new TASER comes in the form of a handgun, but features a plastic look with bright yellow trim and a lightning bolt on the front. This is the first TASER for consumers since 2007.

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NEOShield program considers nuking asteroids destined for Earth

NEOShield program considers nuking asteroids destined for Earth

A program called NEOShield tasked Russian space researchers with developing a plan to handle any big asteroid that may one day position itself towards Earth, and that plan involves a nuke. The program was funded by the European Commission, and is only one of many initiatives underway to create plans for dealing with near-Earth objects (NEOs). NASA has been working on its own projects, and many ideas have been proposed.

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Man at Arms forges real goblin-slaying Orcrist sword

Man at Arms forges real goblin-slaying Orcrist sword

Man at Arms, the group that tasks itself with forging and otherwise recreating fictional weapons from popular games and movies, has created Thorin’s sword Orcrist from The Hobbit. Orcrist is a sword goblins fear — they call it the “goblin cleaver.” Though we don’t see the sword used against an actual goblin, the final product certainly looks capable of holding its own.

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Homemade lightsaber features a thin blade of fire

Homemade lightsaber features a thin blade of fire

Just in case you haven't had enough Star Wars-related news this week, here's something else to commemorate this special day among sci-fi movie fans. YouTube user Sufficiently Advanced managed to engineer a homemade lightsaber that produces a thin blue flame for a "blade," as opposed to, well, glowing light. But it goes far beyond just being a small handheld flamethrower, as it features an authentic looking lightsaber hilt that even makes sound effects.

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PM522 Washbear is first functional 3D-printed revolver

PM522 Washbear is first functional 3D-printed revolver

Though many places have taken action to make 3D-printing firearms illegal, there's still a thriving community of industrious designers who have tasked themselves with designing the perfect printed firearm. We've seen various prototypes of single-fire handguns; there's a new notable design being shown off, though, and this one comes in the form of a fully functional printed revolver.

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New South Wales bill bans 3D-printed gun blueprints

New South Wales bill bans 3D-printed gun blueprints

3D-printed gun blueprints caught the public’s attention a couple years ago, leading to several publicized blueprints and prototypes. Though not as effective as traditional firearms, the 3D-printed variety are able to fire ammo and could be lethal in the wrong hands. Lawmakers across the world responded quickly, and latest among them is New South Wales, which has passed legislation that makes possessing 3D-printed firearm blueprints illegal.

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Ancient viking sword discovered in ‘excellent condition’

Ancient viking sword discovered in ‘excellent condition’

A 1,200 year old viking sword described as being in "quite extraordinary" condition was discovered in Norway by a hiker, it has been revealed. According to a new report, the sword was discovered by outdoorsman Goran Olsen, who was hiking an ancient route when he stumbled upon the weapon. Despite its age, the sword is said to be in very good condition, something possibly resulting from long periods of cover snow and ice.

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Military testing towers with remote-controlled weapons

Military testing towers with remote-controlled weapons

The U.S. Army is testing remote-controlled weapons at guard towers, something aimed at reducing how many soldiers are needed to secure a perimeter. The testing is taking placed at Fort Bliss in Texas presently; this is an evaluation, according to the Army, one called Network Integration Evaluation 16.1 (NIE). The testing is taking place from September 25 to October 8, giving it one more week to go.

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Pokemon World Championship entrants arrested with trunk full of guns

Pokemon World Championship entrants arrested with trunk full of guns

Two young men were arrested in Boston late last week after they were illegally in possession of a large number of guns and ammunition. While the good news here is that another awful public shooting incident may have been prevented, the strange part is that the two were participants in the Pokemon World Championships. The Boston Police Department had been warned in advance after James Stumbo, 27, and Kevin North, 18, had posted an image of the weapons on Facebook along with mentions of the tournament.

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Weaponized frisbee sports four scalpels, isn’t for playing

Weaponized frisbee sports four scalpels, isn’t for playing

You have probably seen at least one of YouTube user Joerg Sprave’s videos at some point or another — he has a lot involving slingshots, only they’re usually fun like the time when he used an entire christmas tree as ammo. Over the weekend he dropped a new video, but this one doesn't involve slingshots; rather, he took an ordinary frisbee and, using four scalpels attached to the plastic, turned it into a fascinating flying disc of unmitigated horror wonder.

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Military testing noise gun that shoots loud plasma ball

Military testing noise gun that shoots loud plasma ball

Non-lethal weapons are used in a variety of situations and contexts: during riots, as deterrents, and more. Shooting bean bags and pepper spray isn't always ideal, however, and the Joint Non-Lethal Weapons Program group is actively developing alternatives. One such alternative is LIPE, which stands for Laser-Induced Plasma Effect weapon. LIPE is essentially a noise gun, one that works by shooting a blue ball of plasma that produces a very loud noise directed at a very precise target, such as a car’s windshield.

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