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This space-based weapon remains in the dark—for now
The US was reportedly going to reveal the existence of a weapon in orbit. Here's why that's a bad idea.
The US military wants force fields that could stop nuclear missiles
Force fields are the stuff of science fiction, but directed energy systems to fry drones, or stop people, already exist. Here's what's real about the tech—and what's more fantastical.
The Navy will no longer throw money at its supergun experiment
A peek at the 2022 budget request shows that the 15-year EMRG project is sunsetting.
This new Russian rifle is designed for combat beneath the waves
The weapon works both on land and underwater, a dual-purpose device for a rare type of fighting.
Laser detection and GPS guide this new mortar to its target with better accuracy
It’s called the Iron Sting.
The US military’s heat weapon is real and painful. Here’s what it does.
Plus, what to know about a sonic tool that’s referred to as “the voice of God.”
How to build your own bow and arrows when you’re lost in the wild
If you’re stranded in the backcountry, knowing how to fashion a self-made bow can keep you alive.
Militaries around the world are already rocketing beyond the scope of space law
A pair of recent reports point to growing space conflicts, but the efforts to prevent them are stagnant or out of step.
How to handle a pepper spray attack
Everything you need to know about a protest’s most unwanted guest.
Tear gas during COVID-19 is a public health disaster
Case studies on the crowd-control weapon show just how dangerous it can be for the lungs.