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How the V-22 Osprey Works

The Osprey is a unique aircraft. How does it work? And what has caused its recent failures? Get an in-depth look at the aircraft's systems and design.

How a U.S. Spy Plane Works

Spy planes play an integral role in international espionage. Take a look at the highly sophisticated technology of a reconnaissance plane.

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.

How Military Pain Beams Will Work

Phasers have been a staple of SciFi for decades, and the "pain beams" being developed by the U.S. military bring us one step closer to that technology. Learn about this new weaponry.

How Exoskeletons Will Work

If you're a fan of Iron Man comic books and movies, you probably wish you had a flight-capable suit of armor to battle evildoers. Well, you might just be in luck.

What is a remotely operated spy plane?

I've heard about small planes that help the United States military gather information. How do these remotely operated spy planes work?

What is a keyhole satellite and what can it really spy on?

On a television drama last week, the plot involved photos taken of a Russian missile silo, and the characters mentioned a "keyhole satellite." What is a keyhole satellite and what can it really spy on?

How Space Wars Will Work

Weapons in space that can knock down missiles have been under development for years and are starting to look realistic. Learn how they will work!

How Nuclear Bombs Work

Nine countries can now deliver nuclear warheads on ballistic missiles. At least three of those countries -- the U.S., Russia and China -- could strike any target anywhere in the world. Do you know what makes a nuclear bomb so deadly?

What would happen if you fired a gun on a train moving as fast as a bullet?

If you could build a train that could travel as fast as a bullet, what would happen if you fired a gun from the back of the train ... or from the front of the train?

How does a gun silencer work?

How in the world can a gun silencer work? How can you possibly take an explosive noise that can damage your hearing and turn it into a little "ffft" sound?

What is an MRE?

I've seen how the U.S. Army's food now comes in plastic pouches called MREs. Is this real food? How does it taste?

Where do bullets go when guns are fired straight up into the air?

If you've ever watched a gun fired into the air at a celebration, you've probably wondered where that bullet ends up. We've got the answer.

What does tear gas do?

It is pretty common to hear someone on the news say, "The crowd was dispersed with tear gas." What is tear gas? What does it do?

How does stealth technology work?

When an airplane is described as a "stealth" aircraft, what does that mean? What is "stealth technology" and how does it work?

How Cruise Missiles Work

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

How Flintlock Guns Work

Flintlock guns were extremely important weapons in the American Revolution; they also formed the foundation of all modern guns. Learn about the gun that started it all.

Why does fertilizer explode?

The massive explosion at a fertilizer operation in the town of West, Texas, raised the question: With the tremendous amount of fertilizer the world blows through, are accidents like this a frequent occurrence?

How Gun Safes Work

Would you believe there are videos showing toddlers opening gun safes? Turns out some of them are not very secure. Why is that, and what should you look for when buying one?


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