"The arms manufacturers of Aleppo used to be ordinary men—network administrators, housepainters, professors. Then came the bloody Syrian crisis. Now they must use all their desperate creativity to supply their fellow rebels with the machinery of death." [Via]
posted by homunculus
on Jul 19, 2013 -
Set the charges, and stand well back. No cell phones, please. This is very dangerous work, but it's been a long week for you, hasn't it? You deserve to spend your day working in Demolition City
posted by Eideteker
on Aug 7, 2009 -
Long revered for its value as a fertilizer
, and as a raw material for explosives
, guano is the dried droppings of various birds and bats. The New York Times has published an excellent account of the Peruvian harvest
of this valuable resource including a multimedia slideshow
. Guano was superseded by synthetics in the early part of the 20th century, due to the development of the Haber Bosch process
, which fixed atmospheric nitrogen
An attempt to harvest bat guano from a Grand Canyon cave
in the late 1950’s was beset by technical problems and was ultimately unsuccessful. The remaining structures at the canyon rim are now a tourist attraction.
posted by Tube
on Jun 7, 2008 -
Grenades, Torpedoes, Mines, Missiles & Similar Munitions of War now available at the Ukraine outlet mall (free samples too!). Apparently it's just a click away to get just about any type of explosive
you could imagine too.
posted by Guerilla
on Dec 8, 2005 -
Advanced methods of bomb detection and investigation.
New equipment developed to scan cars and people, such as a parking lot device which quickly bathes the car's trunk in invisible neutrons, a procedure that makes materials inside the trunk emit gamma-rays
that would indicate the presence of explosives.
Also, a bomb disposal robot which take[s] fingerprints before blowing [a] package up
posted by mcgraw
on May 3, 2004 -
model rocketry woes.
the article mentions a wyoming senator who wants to amend the bill, but the homeland security act is/would put the squeeze on model rocketry, as the fuel of some engines will/would be classified as an explosive.
whoa. wonder if the NHRA is gonna follow this. hate to see 'em stop the top fuelers.
posted by asparagus_berlin
on Feb 26, 2003 -