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Major solar storm detonated US Navy sea mines during Vietnam War

Major solar storm detonated US Navy sea mines during Vietnam War

Old military documents have revealed that a massive solar storm detonated US Navy bombs during the Vietnam War. The event happened in early August 1972, during a brief period of solar activity that had caused major terrestrial disruptions. According to a newly published study, this solar storm caused dozens of US Navy bombs to erupt at the same time.

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Facebook bans 3D printed gun content, removes blueprint links

Facebook bans 3D printed gun content, removes blueprint links

Facebook is cracking down on content that instructs the public on creating firearms using 3D printers. Blueprints for these weapons have been available online for years, raising concerns about safety and the technology's ability to circumvent existing gun laws. Facebook confirmed the removal to several media outlets today, saying the content is against its Community Standards.

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US Army taps Lockheed Martin for anti-drone microwave weapons

US Army taps Lockheed Martin for anti-drone microwave weapons

Forget nets and drone-catching eagles -- the US Army plans to blast unmanned aerial vehicles out of the sky using microwave weapons. The Department of the Army published a document revealing plans to purchase such a device from Lockheed Martin, also using the company for integration and support. Though the US Army isn't soliciting proposals from competing companies, it says it will accept them for a period of time.

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Chinese “laser rifle” makes science fiction frighteningly real

Chinese “laser rifle” makes science fiction frighteningly real

Lasers, by their very nature, have the potential for harm but most of the dangerous applications of the technology has been limited to science fiction until recently. But while companies like Lockheed Martin are scrambling to weaponize lasers, their Chines counterparts may have just one-upped them. According to a recent report, a Chinese tech firm has successfully developed a laser rifle no heavier than an AK-47 but has the ability to pierce through glass and metal undetected and set clothes, and humans, on fire.

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US Army tests Third Arm stabilizer to help soldiers wield big guns

US Army tests Third Arm stabilizer to help soldiers wield big guns

The US Army is developing a "third arm" that can help soldiers hold and stabilize a heavy weapon. This third arm, as the Army calls it, was developed by mechanical engineer Dan Baechle and is currently in a prototype stage. Among other things, the third arm disperses the load caused by the heavy weapon, reducing arm fatigue and helping improve shot accuracy.

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Watch Russia’s Satan 2 ICBM launch in missile’s second test

Watch Russia’s Satan 2 ICBM launch in missile’s second test

Russia has successfully tested its new ICBM missile, the country's Ministry of Defense has claimed, a long range weapon that could fly more than 7,000 miles. Officially known as Sarmat, the intercontinental ballistic missile has been nicknamed "Satan 2" and is the planned successor to Russia's Soviet-era Voevoda, or SS-18 Satan, missile.

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Elon Musk Boring Company sells 10,000 flamethrowers in 8 hours

Elon Musk Boring Company sells 10,000 flamethrowers in 8 hours

It sounds like an April Fools’ prank but this is no joke. This is serious business, literally and figuratively. Elon Musk earlier just announced that it will do as it promised and will be selling its new novelty item after is Boring Hats: the Boring Flamethrower. Despite the ridiculousness of the idea, not to mention the risks, the Boring Company was able to receive 10,000 orders in just 8 hours. Amazing as that might sound, not everyone is impressed.

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Elon Musk’s flamethrower will star in the next Borderlands

Elon Musk’s flamethrower will star in the next Borderlands

The Borderlands series has a long and storied history when it comes to guns. The sheer number of obtainable guns was one of the major selling points of the very first Borderlands, and in each entry since, stories and video clips featuring crazy firearms have spread across the internet. With the next Borderlands game, we could see Gearbox step up its game and draw inspiration for one of its guns from real-world billionaire Elon Musk.

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Elon Musk debuts Boring Company’s $500 flamethrower

Elon Musk debuts Boring Company’s $500 flamethrower

It appears that Elon Musk wasn't kidding when he teased that The Boring Company would start selling a real flamethrower. The tunnel-digging company is now taking pre-orders for the tool/weapon, priced at a mere $500. It's not clear exactly when the flamethrower will ship, but to help keep things extra safe buyers have the option of throwing in a Boring Company-branded fire extinguisher for an extra $30.

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Lockheed Martin contract will make sci-fi aerial laser fights a reality

Lockheed Martin contract will make sci-fi aerial laser fights a reality

Defense contractor Lockheed Martin is probably known for a lot of things, but it is probably most famous for how it has turned weaponized lasers into more than just a science fiction prop. Demonstrations of its power including being able to stop a moving truck dead in its tracks by blasting out its engines. Now Lockheed Martin is taking that same firepower to the skies. The US Air Force Research Lab has just awarded it a contract to develop a high-power fiber laser system that will be fitted on a tactical fighter jet in 4 years’ time.

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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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