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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 Bomb-sniffing Dogs Work

Unless you're a pyromaniac, you probably have no idea what explosives smell like. Find out how these super sniffers risk life and paw to protect the public in How Bomb-sniffing Dogs Work.


How Nuclear Detectives Work

 How Nuclear Detectives Work

Nuclear detectives earn their paychecks helping to keep the peace. How do nuclear detectives prevent the bomb from falling into the wrong hands? See more »

Is it worse to be near an explosion on land or in water?

 Is it worse to be near an explosion on land or in water?

Facing an explosion on land or underwater would be a grim prospect, but one option is safer. Find out if an underwater explosion is your best bet. See more »

Fallout Shelter Pictures

 Fallout Shelter Pictures

Fallout shelter pictures showing different construction methods. Check out these fallout shelter pictures. See more »

How Blast-resistant Clothing Works

 How Blast-resistant Clothing Works

Blast-resistant clothing protects explosive ordnance disposal technicians and other professionals. Read about jobs that require blast-resistant clothing. See more »

How did the U.S. shoot down its spy satellite?

 How did the U.S. shoot down its spy satellite?

How did the U.S. shoot down its spy satellite? Read and decide for yourself if the spy satellite removal is for safety or missile defense testing. See more »

How the Guardian Anti-missile System Works

 How the Guardian Anti-missile System Works

The threat to commercial airplanes has become huge. Learn how the Guardian Solution for Commercial Airplanes defends planes from lethal attacks. See more »

How can you train honeybees to sniff for bombs?

 How can you train honeybees to sniff for bombs?

Those same, buzzing insects that seek out molecular hints of the pollen they use to make honey can just as easily detect traces of materials used to bombs. See more »

How do scientists determine if a nuclear blast has occurred?

 How do scientists determine if a nuclear blast has occurred?

In the first reports released since North Korea announced its underground nuclear test on Monday, officials are saying they have found no evidence of a nuclear signature in the air above the blast site. See more »

Is North Korea equipped to attack the United States?

 Is North Korea equipped to attack the United States?

On Wednesday, the newly nuclear North Korea took its rhetoric up a notch when it threatened to attack the United States. See more »

Is it possible to test a nuclear weapon without producing radioactive fallout?

 Is it possible to test a nuclear weapon without producing radioactive fallout?

In what may prove to be the first nuclear explosion since 1998, North Korea claims it has conducted an underground test of a nuclear weapon. See more »