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How Dirty Bombs Work

This week, U.S. officials said they dispatched scientists in December to search for dirty bombs in five U.S. cities, after learning of possible New Year's Eve terrorist attacks. Learn all about these crude weapons.


How C-4 Works

 How C-4 Works

C-4 is a powerful explosive that's used in terrorist attacks all over the world. Find out what C-4 explosives are and what C-4 explosives can do. See more »

How Dirty Bombs Work

 How Dirty Bombs Work

This week, U.S. officials said they dispatched scientists in December to search for dirty bombs in five U.S. cities, after learning of possible New Year's Eve terrorist attacks. Learn all about these crude weapons. See more »

How Stinger Missiles Work

 How Stinger Missiles Work

In an international sting, U.S. authorities arrested a man attempting to smuggle a shoulder-launched surface-to-air missile into the U.S. Find out how the U.S. equivalent, the stinger, destroys air targets. See more »

How Grenades Work

 How Grenades Work

Grenades are a devastatingly effective weapon on the battlefield. Find out what happens when a soldier pulls the pin and tosses one of these miniature bombs at the enemy. See more »

How Landmines Work

 How Landmines Work

Landmines have killed or maimed over 1-million people since 1975. Find out how landmines work and what countries are doing to prevent landmine tragedies. See more »

How Missile Defense Systems Will Work

 How Missile Defense Systems Will Work

What once was "Star Wars" under Reagan is now National Missile Defense under Bush. Learn more about the technology behind the system. See more »

How Nuclear Bombs Work

 How Nuclear Bombs Work

Nuclear bombs are the most serious looming threat in just about any major conflict. Learn what gives nuclear bombs such immense power and what the long-term dangers are. See more »

How Cruise Missiles Work

 How Cruise Missiles Work

A fascinating article that describes how cruise missiles work and explores some of their advanced technology! See more »

Why does fertilizer explode?

 Why does fertilizer explode?

Fertilizer is very helpful to the agricultural industry, but does it also pose a hazard? Does fertilizer explode a lot? Find out at HowStuffWorks. See more »