Fire arrows are in everything from Gladiator to Braveheart to Game of Thrones. The good guys stretch their bows in unison and rain flaming death en masse onto the opposing army, looking like total badasses the whole time. But like so many things on this terrible planet, fire arrows are too good to be true and almost…
Archaeologists working in Germany have uncovered evidence of a violent clash between a pair Early Neolithic farming communities, a grim encounter that resulted in a surprising number of deaths—and may have even involved torture.
How the Associated Press covered the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The AP has posted three articles from its archives about the US dropping two atomic bombs in August 1945 and the subsequent surrender of Japan, so we can see what many Americans read in the wake of the destruction.
Sometimes, game studios have strict security. Other times, they let random people sneak into their buildings, steal lunch, and find out about unannounced games.
A Greek writer taps away on his typewriter by candlelight,trying to make sense of the cyber war that started with a hacked pacemaker. AnAmerican major awaits trial for treason as the Pacificdescends into war. Russian forces attack adarkened Estonia. These aren’t science fiction stories — they’re entries in the Art of…
When you hear the name Blackwater, you think of gung-ho, well paid, trigger-happy military contractors who cause international incidents. This isn't entirely inaccurate, but it's not the full story, which is told through a new book by Sean McFate: The Modern Mercenary: Private Armies and What They Mean for World Order.
Check out the trailer for The Shaman, a new short film debuting at the Tribeca Film Festival. As with a lot of short films we've seen lately, this has top-notch visual effects — but more than that, it looks like a thing of pure beauty. And it has an original story, with a concept I haven't come across before.
The armour worn by Westeros' soldiers can look absolutely beautiful - but would it have protected them in Medieval warfare? The Metropolitan Museum of Art is going to be holding a talk on just that as part of a new series of Lectures at the institute.
There has been a long tradition of employing animals in military operations. The latest example might be China's troop of macaque soldiers.
The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has recently announced that it wants to create drone squadrons that will have the ability to work together during combat and surveillance missions.
War is an ugly business, in which whoever moves fastest and strikes first often triumphs. So long before there were tanks and planes, people used bicycles to rush into combat. For decades, people experimented with machine guns on bikes, military quadricycles, and bicycle infantry. Here are the greatest moments of…
Without elephants, the ancient Library of Alexandria might not have existed. Every war has, as a byproduct, cultural and technological innovation: in our world, the US Civil War led to medical advancements and the Cold War put us in space. In the classical era, it was the race to build elephant armies that changed the…
Our fighting men and women can't do it alone. They need the help of mechs, built out of tons of case-hardened Dynastreem — and that means they need your help, pulling extra shifts at the Dynastreem factory. Will you turn your back on them in their hour of need?
We all agree that programming robots to kill humans at their own discretion is a bad idea — but this scenario is a lot closer than most of us realize. A new FAQ from Human Rights Watch summarizes how close we are to autonomous killing machines, and how important it is to ban them now.
They dove beneath the waves, and helped to win massive global wars. But submarines can't submerge forever. Eventually, these old warhorses get swept away by history. Here are some images of the most haunting dead submarines of all time.
Animals are smarter than many people realize, and they can learn to do all sorts of stuff. That's why so many creatures have been domesticated — but it's also why people have tried, over and over, to send animals to war. Here's a history of animal soldiers, in pictures.
It was pilot error that sent the Titan-class ship into enemy territory. But it was a cascade of alliances and grudges that turned the incident into a space battle involving almost 3,000 ships, one of EVE Online's largest conflicts ever.
A physicist is asking for help publishing his wild new science fiction book series — and possibly also creating a new superweapon that would change the face of war forever. Australian-born physicist Adam Weigold is trying to raise $20,000 on Kickstarter to pay for editing and marketing for his novel Dragon Empire,…
An entertaining, interesting and unsettling visualization of major battles between 1000 and 2008, AD, especially around the video's climax (1930s Europe, naturally).
For the past six years, the U.S. Air Force has been compiling an exhaustive list of every bomb their planes have dropped since World War I.