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Seeking biological weapons science info

(asking for a friend) I'm writing a novel - a thriller - set principally in the Antarctic in WWII which takes the idea of the development of a biological weapon as its premise. What I need is an insight into a suitably nasty bacteria or virus that could have been developed into a weaponisable form; something that the British might have been working on towards the end of WWI; and something that could have been resurrected again in 1943 as a back-stop to deal with two possible scenarios. [more inside]
posted by jessamyn on Mar 16, 2016 - 5 answers

WHAT is this anti-war comedy film I am thinking of??

There is a movie I saw in the mid-2000s that I am trying to find again, and I am having trouble with every kind of search I've been using. [more inside]
posted by parkbench on Jun 10, 2015 - 3 answers

I need to frisk my old man

How do you discreetly frisk someone for concealed firearms? [more inside]
posted by digitalprimate on Jun 4, 2013 - 64 answers

Recent New York assault weapons law: I need clear information.

New York enacted the Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement Act. Where can I find some clear, non-looney, information on how this effects me and my firearms? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 2, 2013 - 5 answers

Recommend a weapon and duty gear.

I'm going to be working as an armed guard and would like your recommendations for firearm and duty gear! [more inside]
posted by kavasa on Aug 17, 2012 - 19 answers

Here We Are, Born To be Queens, I'm The Princess of the Universe.

I'm looking for a sword/weapons community that isn't populated by nuts and being Trans/Female isn't going to cause me grief. Does such a place exist? [more inside]
posted by DuchessProzac on Apr 29, 2012 - 8 answers

Which video games used visual changes to signify a change in a visible item?

Can you tell me which games for either the NES, SNES, or Genesis (or their contemporaries) had the visual appearance of your character change logically when you got a new item? I'm not looking for something like Final Fantasy I, where the appearance changes due to an event, but you otherwise look the same, no matter which armor you have on; I'm looking for games like Metroid, where Samus's Power Suit and Varia Suit are different armors, and your character looks different as a result. Not looking for examples from later-gen systems such as Playstation onward, which seem much more likely to do this.
posted by Greg Nog on Apr 20, 2012 - 21 answers

Press F to pick up your favourite weapon

In almost every military video game that I've played, you are allowed to exchange your current weapon for a dead enemy's. Is it legal to do this in real life? More questions inside. [more inside]
posted by Senza Volto on Jan 24, 2012 - 27 answers

Name that TV Show: Historical Weaponry Edition

Can anyone identify this TV show about historical weaponry I saw in the late '90s/early 2000s? Basically, every episode featured the host learning how to use a different weapon. [more inside]
posted by gueneverey on Jan 1, 2012 - 3 answers

Current displays of captured enemy weapons?

What are some examples of countries displaying "captured weapons" or war planes, etc, of any enemy country and then turning them into a tourist attraction? [more inside]
posted by Cwell on Dec 9, 2011 - 26 answers

Can we keep it, Sarge?

When a weapons cache is seized by the U.S. military, does the military destroy the weapons or absorb them into its own arsenal? Does the same apply to fissile material? When drug money is seized or found by local law enforcement, does that local jurisdiction get to keep the money if all requisite investigations do not lead to the money being returned to a legitimate owner?
posted by HotPatatta on Jun 6, 2011 - 17 answers

Oddest artillery weapon I've ever seen.

Drum/barrel artillery? What was that and how did it work without killing anyone next to it? [more inside]
posted by Iosephus on Jun 2, 2011 - 13 answers

If my rapist comes after me again, is there any legal weapon (other than a gun) that will stop him?

I was raped by someone I thought was a friend. I finally reported him to the cops, but I live alone in a city where i walk everywhere. He knows all of this, along with my daily habits. I don't want to change my lifestyle, but I need safety, especially at my apartment (which is where he raped me). Pepper spray (which I already have), tasers, stun guns--I've seen cops use these things on men of his size & it makes no difference. I feel like I have no choice but to get a gun. Please help me think of another option. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 31, 2011 - 74 answers

How can I get rid of all this ammunition?

How can I get rid of, ideally sell, all of this ammunition that I inherited? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 1, 2011 - 13 answers

Strategic warfare

How many atomic weapons did the United States military have by 1948. [more inside]
posted by clavdivs on Dec 18, 2010 - 4 answers

Function show: asskicking!

What are some good examples of unusual items being used as surprisingly effective weapons? [more inside]
posted by The otter lady on Nov 14, 2010 - 45 answers

Do you recognize this short story?

Prompted by the recent Harlan Ellison thread I was reminded of a short story which I think was his in which a depressed and suicidal man freaks out an armed carjacker by threatening to kill him in an accident and leaves him trembling on the median. It was called something like "The More Dangerous Weapon". Google-fu is getting me to nowheresville. Can anyone help? Maybe it's not Ellison...
posted by chavenet on Sep 25, 2010 - 13 answers

Online Rifle Purchasing?

Where's the best place to legally buy rifles online? Specifically, I am looking to purchase a used .22 rifle.
posted by zzazazz on May 12, 2010 - 6 answers

Steel is strong, but flesh is stronger...

Could we make better swords today? [more inside]
posted by fatbird on May 7, 2010 - 21 answers

A fluid-filled weapon: has it happened?

In Gene Wolfe's Book of The New Sun, the sword Terminus Est is filled with some type of fluid, possibly mercury, that makes its weight shift depending on how it's being held. Have any real historical weapons been constructed in such a way, by filling them with fluids or ball bearings or something?
posted by Greg Nog on Apr 28, 2010 - 14 answers

Good guys get blue, bad guys get red.

How close are we to handheld laser weapons? I read an article about a laser on a C-130 burning a hole through a car, a 747 that can shoot down an ICBM, and now a truck-mounted laser that can bring down a plane or UAV. What kind of science challenges do we need to meet before these weapons are issued to soldiers, etc.? [more inside]
posted by uaudio on Nov 19, 2009 - 23 answers

How destructive are current U.S. and Russian nuclear arsenals relative to their maximum levels?

How destructive are current U.S. and Russian nuclear arsenals relative to their maximum levels? [more inside]
posted by Joe Beese on Sep 26, 2009 - 8 answers

Hand Me My Lightsaber. Don't Ask Why. Just Hand It to Me, OK?

Beware: Extreme nerd-itry dead ahead. In any of the various media permutations of the Star Wars universe, was it ever explained why there is such an emphasis on melee weapons? [more inside]
posted by Cool Papa Bell on Jul 16, 2009 - 34 answers

The Weapons that Won the Eastern Front

Please recommend resources about Soviet and Nazi weapons! [more inside]
posted by EatTheWeak on May 13, 2009 - 6 answers

Defending against Somali pirates.

Recent hostage taking by Somali pirates from ships near their border makes me wonder why it's illegal to arm a ship with weapons to protect themselves from attack? [more inside]
posted by boby on Apr 11, 2009 - 22 answers

What's the most comprehensive book on weaponry?

What's the most comprehensive/best book on weaponry? [more inside]
posted by Steph1en on Feb 28, 2009 - 12 answers

Nukes… in… space…

To what extent would the lack of an atmosphere reduce the effectiveness of nuclear weapons?
posted by Artw on Sep 26, 2008 - 17 answers

That's just wrong!

How common is it for young people to conceal (weapons and drugs) and steal? [more inside]
posted by sixcolors on Jun 11, 2008 - 46 answers

Can I bring a Leatherman on an Amtrak?

Will I be able to take a pocketknife/Leatherman-style pocket tool on an Amtrak train, or will it be considered a weapon?
posted by box on Apr 24, 2008 - 11 answers

How come we aren't all mutants?

According to this chart, there have been 2,422 nuclear explosions since 1945, including above ground, under ground, and in the sea. I'm somewhat amazed that this isn't having more of permanent negative effect. Does spreading out all the nuclear activity allow our ecosystem to absorb the radiation in reasonable intervals? Chernobyl has been a wasteland since the reactor meltdown. Was it simply that much more radioactive than actually testing bombs?
posted by SpacemanStix on Apr 24, 2008 - 47 answers

Do the cops kill on The Wire

On The Wire, how many of the cops have fired their weapons at someone? [more inside]
posted by The Radish on Feb 7, 2008 - 15 answers

Skull bashing for sport

What percentage of baseball bats sold are bought by people intending to use them primarily as a weapon or threatening object, vs. how many sold primarily for playing baseball? [more inside]
posted by Space Coyote on Jan 24, 2008 - 24 answers

You know, because it hits the master of the race. Right? Hello?

Have you ever seen the blue spiny shell that locks on to the leader in Mario Kart referred to as a 'Master Shell'? [more inside]
posted by ulotrichous on Dec 7, 2006 - 19 answers

What the bleep do we know about weaponizing Quantum Mechanics?

Have humans' evil brains yet conceived of ways to weaponize the ideas and implications relating to Quantum Mechanics? [more inside]
posted by basicchannel on Nov 16, 2006 - 18 answers

Hopefully This Stays In The Realm Of Theory

If someone walks into my classroom (filled with students) wielding a gun, what should I do? I have recieved no training or input in this area, and while I cannot imagine it ever happening at my school, if it ever does happen, I'd like to make sure myself and my children see the event through safely.
posted by absalom on Oct 9, 2006 - 33 answers

Do people with concealed weapons foil crimes?

Are there any reports of citizens with concealed weapons in the USA foiling bank robberies or other violent crimes? [more inside]
posted by redteam on Mar 28, 2006 - 17 answers

Are guns more available than they used to be?

Where can I find out information about gun availability. I recently heard that handguns are no more available than they ever have been, but that doesn't seem right. I found some stats on the Department of Justice site, but these stats don't exactly cover what I'm looking for. It seems to me that over time, there would of course be more guns available, since guns don't stop working and more are always being made. Unless guns are destroyed, it seems the numbers are always going to rise.
posted by abbyladybug on Jan 26, 2006 - 21 answers

Ninja Gifts Wanted

NinjaFilter: Help me select a present for a Japanese-weapon-loving friend. [MI] [more inside]
posted by bac on Jan 9, 2005 - 15 answers

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