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Get the science behind the inner workings of bombs, missiles and handheld weapons, including grenades. Learn how they work and how they are used to inflict maximum damage.

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How do liquid explosives work, and what would terrorists do with them on a plane?

On August 10, 2006, authorities in Great Britain announced that they had arrested several people in connection with a plot to attack airplanes with liquid explosives.


The Deadliest Weapons Quiz

 The Deadliest Weapons Quiz

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10 Terrorist Plots That Failed

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How Controlled Detonations Work

 How Controlled Detonations Work

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How does the military intercept missiles?

 How does the military intercept missiles?

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Can you really outrun an explosion?

 Can you really outrun an explosion?

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How Bomb-sniffing Dogs Work

 How Bomb-sniffing Dogs Work

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How the Star Wars Program Didn't Work

 How the Star Wars Program Didn't Work

The Star Wars Program is now generally regarded as risky and unrealistic. Why didn't President Reagan's Star Wars Program work? See more »

Fire Away! 'Star Wars' Missile Defense Quiz

 Fire Away! 'Star Wars' Missile Defense Quiz

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How Suicide Bombers Work

 How Suicide Bombers Work

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How Napalm Works

 How Napalm Works

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