Weapons

North Korea just claimed a huge, terrifying missile milestone

North Korea just claimed a huge, terrifying missile milestone

Experts are divided on whether North Korea has passed another worrying missile milestone, with the clandestine and controversial country claiming to have successfully tested its first ICBM. The Hwasong-14 missile test was confirmed on North Korean television today, July 4th, along with claims about the details of its flight. While the missile traveled further in altitude than it did in horizontal distance, it's the implications of that which have many concerned.

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1900-year-old slingshot with lead ammo was as deadly as a handgun

1900-year-old slingshot with lead ammo was as deadly as a handgun

Ancient Roman soldiers wielded slingshots with lead ammo that, when used properly, could kill someone in a way that isn't dissimilar from a modern handgun. The information comes from researchers who recently experimented with the old technology to gauge its effectiveness. The lead 'bullets' used in the slingshots are shaped somewhat like small lemons, and those who launched them could be trained with accuracy that spanned a few hundred feet.

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What is the MOAB GBU-43/B “Mother Of All Bombs”?

What is the MOAB GBU-43/B “Mother Of All Bombs”?

Nicknamed the "Mother of All Bombs", the MOAB GBU-43/B Massive Ordnance Air Blast bomb was the most destructive non-nuclear weapon designed (when it was first designed). The first use of this bomb on the battlefield was earlier today, April 13th, 2017, in the Nangarhar Province, Afghanistan. This bomb has a blast radius of more than a mile, and was originally designed to replace a bomb made for Vietnam War troops to create helicopter landing spaces in wooded areas.

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R.A.M.B.O. is the US army’s 3D-printed grenade launcher

R.A.M.B.O. is the US army’s 3D-printed grenade launcher

Chuck Norris and Sylvester Stallone in one week? It’s definitely an action-packed past few days. No, there isn’t going to be a new Rocky or Rambo themed game. We are, instead, veering off into the real world for once. Short for “Rapid Additively Manufactured Ballistics Ordinance”, which is really just a convoluted way to name something after an iconic fictional soldier, R.A.M.B.O. is the US army’s latest, and so far most successful, attempt to 3D print its own weapons.

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Lightweight origami shield unfolds quickly to stop bullets

Lightweight origami shield unfolds quickly to stop bullets

Engineers with Brigham Young University have developed a new type of foldable bulletproof shield called the origami shield, and it aims to keep police officers safe from handgun bullets without being too burdensome or difficult to deploy. The shield is made using a dozen layers of Kevlar material, as well as an aluminum-based frame that allows the shield to fold down into a small, compact size. When needed, an officer can open the shield with a single tug.

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Russia plans to use modified missiles to shoot asteroids

Russia plans to use modified missiles to shoot asteroids

The danger of large asteroids colliding with Earth is always a concern for space agencies around the world, and there are a number of plans on how to prevent this from happening. Russia, however, seems to have plans that involve a more direct approach: blowing up any approaching meteorites using intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs). Apparently this is the country's strategy for revenge for the 2013 meteor that exploded over the city of Chelyabinsk, injuring over 1,000 people.

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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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Pyramid Head ‘Great Knife’ replica is a real (deadly) sword

Pyramid Head ‘Great Knife’ replica is a real (deadly) sword

Even if you’re not a Silent Hill fan, you’re likely familiar with (or at least aware of) Great Knife, the giant serrated sword wielded by Pyramid Head. The iconic weapon has been a favorite among cosplayers and fantasy fans alike, and was recently the subject of Man at Arms' latest forging project. The final product is massive and completely functional.

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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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