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A Nuclear Blast Would Bring Hell on Earth: Blinding Light, Searing Heat, and Intense Winds

by Susan Katz Keating Vladimir Putin last year assured listeners that, for the time being, he sees no reason to launch major strikes on Ukraine. The Russian president’s lightly veiled reference to exercising nuclear restraint was akin to the class bully promising not to beat up the other kids – …

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Wilderness Tracking in Arizona: A Mission Along the Border

by Heath Hansen “I sent the grids; we’ll be heading out by noon on Thursday,” Tim Foley informs me over the phone, before I hit the road. Foley is a grizzled former paratrooper of the 82nd Airborne Division, and leader of the volunteer group Arizona Border Recon (AZBR). For more than a …

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With Seconds to Spare, This Soldier Saved a Woman From a Burning Car

By Sgt. 1st Class Laura Berry, Massachusetts National Guard STERLING, Mass. – Specialist Ryan Leger finished his drill with Massachusetts National Guard’s 110th Maintenance Company on Nov. 7, 2021, and his wife picked him up. As they were driving home, they noticed how nice the sunset looked. His wife, Courtney, a …

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The Soviets Used a Thermonuclear Bomb to Extinguish a Hellish Fire That Raged for Years

After the Soviets discovered huge reserves of natural gas in Uzbekistan, this part of the USSR became the main gas producing region in the country. But, things went wrong and one of its key gas fields turned into a man-made disaster of unimaginable magnitude. Hellish fire The unprecedented emergency at …

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Marine Corps Jungle Medicine Course: ‘The Light in a Dark Time’

Instructors at the Marine Corps Jungle Warfare Training Center teach Navy corpsmen to be “the light in a dark time.” Here’s a look at the 10-day medical course that trains military personnel in survival skills, casualty evacuation techniques, and awareness of dangerous species in a jungle environment. (U.S. Marine Corps …

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Health Officials Hold Urgent Meeting to Address Deadly Marburg Virus Outbreak

Equatorial Guinea announced its first outbreak of the Marburg virus, a deadly and highly infectious disease similar to Ebola, the World Health Organization said.  World health officials on Tuesday convened an urgent meeting to address the Marburg outbreak. The small central African nation of about 1.6 million people reported nine …

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Breaking the Ice, Coast Guard Style: ‘Polar Star’ Forges the Frozen Waters of Antarctica

MCMURDO STATION, Antarctica — The cracking and breaking of ice on a metal hull can be heard from land as the heavy icebreaker U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star (WAGB 10) enters the harbor of McMurdo Station, Antarctica to move the ice pier out of the way for an incoming …

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This Cold War British Bomber Nearly Plowed Into a Busy Road

Now, that’s a hot Vulcan. A Cold War-era British Vulcan bomber overshot a runway during a high speed taxi run, and stopped just short of a busy road, causing no injuries but plenty of havoc. The incident occurred on Friday afternoon at Wellesbourne Airfield near Stratford-upon-Avon in the United Kingdom. …

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Rescue in the Atlantic: Americans Tossed Overboard During Fundraising Effort to Help Fellow Veterans

An All-American team of four military veterans have been rescued after their boat capsized during a 3,000-mile Atlantic rowing challenge. Fight Oar Die’s rowing boat turned over after being hit by a large wave northwest of the Cape Verde Islands on 28 December. Please leave this field emptySubscribe to the …

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