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How MOAB Works

When the U.S. Air Force tested the MOAB last year, it tested one of the largest conventional bombs ever built. MOAB stands for Massive Ordnance Air Burst, and it's not for the faint-hearted. Find out how it fits into the U.S. arsenal.


Why does the Army have a Javelin missile simulator?

Why does the Army have a Javelin missile simulator?

Javelin missile simulator trains U.S. military personnel how to fire the rocket launcher using computer technology. Learn about the Javelin missile simulator. See more »

Wild World: Blast-resistant Clothing Quiz

Wild World: Blast-resistant Clothing Quiz

Blast-resistant clothing can leave you unscathed after an explosion, but just what is it made from? Test your knowledge with our blast-resistant clothing quiz. See more »

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 »