articles tagged: weapons
world of weird things podcast: sci-fi’s worst weapons
# podcast

world of weird things podcast: sci-fi’s worst weapons

Some of the most frequently seen and impressive sci-fi weapons in movies and TV shows have a dirty little secret. They wouldn’t actually work as advertised, if they work at all.

did a solar storm set off underwater mines during the vietnam war?
# space

did a solar storm set off underwater mines during the vietnam war?

Some 25 underwater mines mysteriously exploded in the summer of 1972. A newly declassified report points its finger at a surprising culprit: the sun.

retro-futurism: the tumbleweed tank
# tech

retro-futurism: the tumbleweed tank

In the early 20th century, monowheels and spheres were all the rage. So, of course, someone tried to turn them into weapons of war...

sci-fi writers, hold your fire
# science

sci-fi writers, hold your fire

Unfortunately, some of the most popular sci-fi weapons are only impressive because they sound cool...

ooh, alien armada, big whoop
# astrobiology

ooh, alien armada, big whoop

Despite what the movie told you, we wouldn't be all that defenseless from an alien invasion.