Weapons

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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Hawking, Musk, Wozniak, Chomsky warn of dawn of AI weaponry

Hawking, Musk, Wozniak, Chomsky warn of dawn of AI weaponry

IJCAI 2015 conference starts with open letter on the dawn of the era of autonomous weapons. This letter contains word that the machine war is not decades away, but years away. Too close to go without a hard and fast decision to outlaw autonomous weapons, to ban them worldwide, before they cause all-out chaos. The letter is short, concise, and extremely easy to understand: artificial intelligence can make the battlefield safer, it says, or AI can make the entire world a very terrible place to live.

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Watch an AK-74 bullet travel through more than 5 iPhones

Watch an AK-74 bullet travel through more than 5 iPhones

We've seen lots of videos already of devices like iPhones and Samsung Galaxy phones shot in super-slow motion with weapons like sniper rifles and hand guns, and even heard of one iPhone 5C that saved its owner's life from a shotgun blast, but how about lining up multiple smartphones to see how many a single bullet will pass through? Well, YouTuber EverythingApplePro has answered that question for us, with his video where he shoots at over six iPhones at close-range with an AK-74 assault rifle.

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3D printed guns targeted in new legislative proposal

3D printed guns targeted in new legislative proposal

The introduction of 3D printing brought about a much cheaper -- and "invisible" -- way for individuals to get their hands on a firearm. The Internet is filled with blueprints for such devices, and though the earlier models featured some problems (breakage, namely), enthusiasts have refined the plastic weapons. There are some inherent problems with these guns, at least from the government's point of view. Such weapons can be acquired by anyone with the right technology, and aren't able to be detected by metal detectors -- hence the "invisible" gun label.

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This iPhone 5C saved its owner from a shotgun blast

This iPhone 5C saved its owner from a shotgun blast

There is a growing trend of YouTube videos where recently released mobile devices, like new iPhones and Samsung Galaxies, get shot by weapons such as sniper rifles and shotguns, all while being filmed with precision cameras, allowing us to see the phones break and shatter in super-detailed slow motion. This iPhone 5C might resemble something from those videos, but it wasn't shot for the sake of entertainment. No, it was shot by someone who was trying to murder the owner.

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Predator wrist blade rehashed as functional replica

Predator wrist blade rehashed as functional replica

Man at Arms has released its latest video, and in it the team yet again recreated a from-a-movie weapon — in this case it was a Predator wrist blade. They're good sports about the whole process -- they have a "Predator" appear one day with a broken wrist blade and a request for it to be repaired. Thus begins the effort, which as always includes a lot of hammering, cutting, and fire (plus, you know, a healthy does of modern technology. The end product is, as we've come to expect, fully functional.

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Navy eyeing autonomous missile for Super Hornet aircraft

Navy eyeing autonomous missile for Super Hornet aircraft

The military has a big interest in all sorts of robotics and autonomous technologies, and many of them are directly related to weaponry, allowing machines to wage war in places where human loss would be too high. We've seen examples of this before, such as with the autonomous GuardBot robot ball, and now there's another example: an autonomous missile for a Super Hornet aircraft. As expected, the autonomous missile would be able to handle some of the mission entirely on its own.

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