Tomorrow, the Department of Energy will begin disassembly and disposal of the last "monster weapon" on the planet: a 10,000-pound B53 nuclear warhead with a yield of nine megatons, which packs roughly 750 times more energy than the nuke that was used on Hiroshima.
This Gears of War Lancer Assault Rifle is the coolest Lego rubber band gun, bar none. Not only does it fire rubber bands, but it also has a motorized chainsaw for slicing and dicing Locust hordes. My god, it even takes reloadable Lego magazines. Just wow.
To squeeze laser into things like airplanes, we're going to have to make the weapons much smaller and more efficient than the boat-sized platforms we've got right now. DARPA is hard at work on a system called Excalibur that's small enough and powerful enough to make an aircraft like this a reality.
If the name Jörg Sprave doesn't ring a bell by now, you've some homework to do, because the guy is undeniably awesome. His love for building jaw-dropping killer slingshots is unrivaled. His latest one? Powerful enough to sling steel balls through one car window and out the other.
Looking for a weekend project that'll get you a little closer to being like Batman? Well, why not turn a fire extinguisher into a fully functioning grappling hook launcher?
The Navy, being the Navy, is never satisfied with the amount of blowy-uppyness demonstrated by its weapons. The Office of Naval Research has come up with a new material that turns the structural casings of things like missiles and artillery shells into explosives, increasing their destructive power by a factor of five.
Tarring and feathering a dude is a messy job. Wouldn't it be easier if you could shoot a canister of the gunk at somebody without gooing up your fingers? Enter the Portable Pneumatic Variable Payload Delivery Device a.k.a. tar and feather gun.
What do you get when you combine two of the most deadly weapons out there? No, not a machete duct taped to a nuke. You get the Navy's new gatling gun/laser hybrid.
There's nothing quite like being prepared for the impending zombie invasion. We've covered how to survive the zombie hordes with transforming safe houses and sawblade slingshots, but Creek Stewart's custom-built shotgun might just be the simplest and most feature-packed solution to shoot, knife and burn the living dead all in one go.
The engine of Hollywood is currently cranking out superhero movies and television shows that promise to bring nearly every childhood comicbook icon from the last 30 years into real life. As a long time comic addict, I can say with all honestly that I never ever thought I would see that day that I had a choice of seeing an X-Men, Thor, and Green Lantern movie all in the same month. There is something special about this time in movies. Reawakening all those childhood memories also has many of us asking that same old question again: "What if?" We can't have super powers, but what if we could use the most iconic superhero weapons ever conceived, in real life situations? What weapons would you choose? Surely you could do better than Rainn Wilson's (Dwight Schrute from The Office) wrench in the recent movie Super. So, if you were trained and otherwise tech-enabled, what would be in your real life superhero arsenal? Rounding out our Superhero Week here on DVICE, here's a list of some of the most badass instruments of justice that you might want to consider before donning your cape and cowl.