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Fire a Bullet Straight Up: How High Does It Go?

It could reach an altitude of more than 10,000 feet. But where it will fall, nobody knows.

How Bulletproof Are Bulletproof Vests?

Without question, they save lives — but they aren't 100 percent failsafe.

Recovered 'Lost Squadron' Plane Leads to New Mystery

The search team used a radar-equipped drone to locate a P-38 from the so-called "Lost Squadron" that crash-landed in Greenland in 1942. But the story doesn't end there.

How Worried Should We Be About 3D-printable Guns?

The debate over the legality of 3D-printable guns rages on, but how big an issue will they turn out to be?

From Military to Mainstream: The Evolution of the AR-15

The ArmaLite AR-15 rifle has become a hot-button issue in the American landscape. Where did the rifle originate and how did it become so controversial?

What Are 'Low-yield' Nuclear Weapons?

The Trump administration wants to develop a new generation of low-yield nuclear weapons that could be used without launching an all-out nuclear war.

Why Nerve Agent Novichok Is So Deadly

Exposure to this nerve agent in minuscule amounts is enough to kill several human beings.

If Torture Doesn't Work, Why Do Governments Use It?

Torture was formally abolished in Europe in the 19th century, but reared its ugly head again in the 20th century. Why did it reappear and what is its future?

Growing Movement of Scientists Pushes for Ban on Killer Robots

The increasing interest in autonomous weapons around the world is alarming scientists, and there's a growing movement to halt the development of these weapons before the technology has a chance to proliferate.

Trinitite: How the First Nuclear Bomb Turned Sand to Glass

Sand turned to glass at White Sands Missile Range. What do we know today about the remnants of the world's first nuclear blast?

U.S. Military Hopes To Save Injured Soldiers by Copying Tardigrades

Could a tiny creature called a tardigrade hold the key to slowing biological time, giving soldiers more opportunity to recover from life-threatening injuries?

Package Bombs Are Rare in the U.S., But Here's How to Spot One

Bombs are complicated to build so they aren't a common go-to method of madness for criminals. But would you know one if you saw one?

Does the U.S. Military Maintain Secret Underwater Bases?

Underwater military bases sound super-cool, but what are the odds they truly exist?

NRA Insurance Protects Gun Owners Shooting in Self-defense

Self-defense is a hallmark of the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. But could self-defense insurance policies embolden a gun owner to shoot?

HowStuffWorks Illustrated: Two Legal Gun Modifications

HowStuffWorks explains two ways that gun owners are modifying their semi-automatic weapons to fire like automatic ones.

How the Navy Ship Comfort Is Aiding Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico is finally getting much-needed aid after Hurricane Maria, and much of that is coming from USNS Comfort.

What Is a Bump Fire Stock?

Bump fire stocks enable a shooter like Las Vegas killer Steven Paddock to fire a semi-automatic rifle at nearly the rate of an automatic. How do they work?

Why Smoking Rates in the Military Are So High

New evidence shows that Big Tobacco specifically targeted U.S soldiers, because they were "less educated" among other reasons.

Is North Korea Equipped to Attack the United States?

In late July 2017, North Korea upped its threats the United States and its allies with nuclear strikes — and the U.N. responded with strict and overwhelming sanctions.

How to Survive a Nuclear Attack

Sheltering in place could give you the best chance of surviving a nuclear attack.

Why a Draft Would Weaken the U.S. Military

Most experts agree that the all-volunteer military is what makes the U.S. armed forces the best in the world. Would that change if the draft was reinstated?

Gun Purchases for Self-Defense Skyrocket

A new study shows gun sales in the U.S. for self-defense soars, while sales for recreational shooting and hunting languish.

How Camp X Worked

The history of the secret spy training school may be overlooked, but Camp X played a vital role in intelligence gathering during World War II.

Successful Test Puts Military One Step Closer to Electromagnetic Rail Guns

The sci-fi weapon's destructive power may be closer to reality thanks to a recent test of the General Atomics Blitzer system.


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