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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 Cruise Missiles Work

How Cruise Missiles Work

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Why does fertilizer explode?

Why does fertilizer explode?

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