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An Imaginary Arsenal: 10 Pieces of Russian Vaporware That Never Came To Be

Russia and the former Soviet Union promised lots of things. Not all of them became reality.

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China's Giant Ionosphere-Zapping Radar Is a Defense System Masquerading as Science

The new facility may target U.S. submarines in the South China Sea.

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New Study Casts Doubt on the "Impossible" EmDrive

But this weird propulsion idea isn't dead yet.

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Robot Stingrays Sunk Your Battleship

A fever of stealthy swimming stingrays may seem like fiction, but it could become a very real threat.

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These Are Syria's Chemical Weapons. Here's How To Destroy Them

Destroying chemical weapons is tricky business, but the military has some weapons purpose built for the occasion.

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How the Navy Punches a Nuclear Sub Through Arctic Ice

It may look easy, but surfacing a nuclear submarine in the Arctic requires careful preparation.

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Does the U.S. Stand a Chance Against Russia's Icebreakers?

Entire Arctic shipping routes, once thought impassable, are becoming major economic channels, and icebreakers are making it possible.

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Giant Robots Are the Future of Underwater Mining

How an army of weirdly assorted monster machines work together to bring up riches from the seabed.

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At This Drone Competition, To Win Is To Destroy

The best way to find the toughest drones is to run them through an aerial gauntlet.

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The Real Story of 'Dunkirk'

Christopher Nolan's war epic celebrates the evacuation of British and French troops from Dunkirk in 1940.

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This New Russian Sniper Rifle Is Redefining 'a Safe Distance'

A new report warns that a new Russian sniper could change the shape of future battlefields.

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How the Soviet Union Snooped Waters for Enemy Subs—Without Sonar

Newly declassified documents show that even the most secretive submarines leave a trail.

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What Is an EMP, and Could North Korea Really Use One Against the U.S.?

Good news for preserving human life, but bad news in almost every other way.

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9 Ways the U.S. Could Bomb North Korea's Deepest Bunkers

Kim Jong-Un's nuclear weapons are hidden deep under hundreds of feet of solid rock. This makes them hard to reach—but not impossible.

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Uh-Oh. Here Come the Sniper Drones.

What is it, how does it work, and is autonomous war such a good idea?

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Just How Dangerous Are Laptop Bombs on Planes?

The U.S. just lifted a ban on laptops flying out of ten Middle Eastern airports. Here's why.

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The Engineering Genius Behind This Freeze-Proof Arctic Drone

A high-payload, low-cost drone would change Arctic science forever. But one challenge remains: making it freeze-proof.

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Britain's Colossal New Carrier Will Launch American F-35s

With "four acres of sovereign territory," the HMS Queen Elizabeth will launch U.S. F-35Bs during its first years of service.

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These Are the Enormous Ships That Could Transport the USS Fitzgerald

They are some of the biggest machines to ever sail the high seas, so what happens when you need to tow one?

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The U.S. Shot Down a Syrian Plane. Russia Is Angry. Now What?

Russia threatens to retaliate against American planes. Could they?

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Cheap Building Materials May Have Made the London Tower Blaze Even Worse

A neglected $6,000 renovation may have cost the lives of 30 or more people.

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How Realistic Is the WWI Warfare of 'Wonder Woman'?

This movie kicks ass. Now let's talk about its First World War setting.

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Why the Tomahawk Missile Was Trump's Weapon of Choice Against Syria

When you need to attack a target without risking a pilot, the best answer is the Tomahawk.

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7 Surprising Scientific Advances that Came out of World War I

The United States entered the Great War 100 years ago today. Here's how that conflict led to a century of innovation.

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Drones Are Learning to Land Like Birds

It takes cool new wing tech and the smarts of AI for a drone to execute the landing that nature has already perfected.

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The Ragtag Drone Air Force Ukraine Built to Fight Russia

Ukraine is building an unmanned air force for 21st-century warfare.

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Launching a Missile From a Submarine Is Harder Than You Think

The amazing amount of engineering and science that goes into launching an underwater Trident missile into low-Earth orbit.

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The Huge Ship That's Building America's Future

Designed to build offshore windmills, the Brave Tern is a ship unlike any America has ever seen.

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If Drone Swarms Are the Future, China May Be Winning

Why use one drone when you can use one hundred?

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What Really Happens When a Drone Strikes an Airplane

Drones strikes are not like bird strikes—they're much, much worse.

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