What were the first weapons ever invented?

Oh boy, now we are talking about some really ancient stuff.Our ancestors the Homo Habilis (Handy man or tool making man) are believed to have produced the oldest tools ever found.The Oldowan choppers and spheroids, dating as old as 2.6 million years.The choppers are basically river cobbles which have

What were the first weapons ever invented?

Oh boy, now we are talking about some really ancient stuff.Our ancestors the Homo Habilis (Handy man or tool making man) are believed to have produced the oldest tools ever found.The Oldowan choppers and spheroids, dating as old as 2.6 million years.The choppers are basically river cobbles which have

Can nuclear weapons be used against aliens?

Supposedly some extraterrestrials disabled a timing mechanism that controls a portion of the fire system for our nukes. We could design some that would not be subject to that tampering, and thus use them, if needed. The bigger question is why are they that interested in our nukes. If they are so powerful and

Is the nuclear weapon our last defense against alien invasion?

A nuke probably wouldn't be that effective. Because a nuke mostly works by blast effects, which are greatly helped by the atmosphere, and as you'll recall in space there is no atmosphere. Then, these guys came from another star system, presumably quite fast, so presumably have some form of shield against radiation

Why do they build nuclear weapons?

The first nuclear weapons were built out of fear that the Nazis in WWII would do so. The US knew that the Germans had the same technical knowledge, and the industrial capacity to accomplish this.So, there was a race to produce a

What is the best weapon to use against the spaceship in Independence Day?

The problem wasnt the ships. They were mechanical in nature and could be defeated somewhat easily.(Not with AIM-120 AMRAAMs tho. Bad job on the writers. Didnt do their homework.)The problem was getting thru their shields. Outside of the virus, one could consider maybe a

Can an M1 Garand be modified to fire 5.56x45mm NATO?

Probably not. The 5.56 just doesn't have the horsepower to cycle a Garand action.There are no kits for it, so even if it turned out to be possible, every needed conversion piece would have to be custom-made in a machine

What are the best weapons against a home invasion?

For most folks, a "home invasion" is vastly unlikely.   Most of such things occur between folks engaging the drug trade, and one "crew" will try to take down another for cash, product, or revenge.Essentially, we are talking about an armed

What weapons were used in an early 1980's US Army fire team?

This question may be using "fire team" in the strict definition. A "fire team" is half of an infantry squad, which would be armed with M16's and M-203's (an M-16 with a 40mm grenade launcher mounted coaxially under the barrel. In addition to the primary weapons, individual

Does the UN or NATO have a plan to repel or destroy an Alien Invasion?

I always find it amusing reading plans for repelling an Alien invasion. Okay, if there is an alien nation hostile enough to carry out an

Why do we have nuclear weapons?

Simple. We opened Pandora's BoxOnce Pandora's Box is open, it can never be closed again.We created nuclear weapons out of fear that the Nazis during WWII were working on a similar nuclear program, of which there was

Would the mass use of modern chemical weapons result in an apocalypse similar that associated with nuclear weapons?

Although chemical weapons are atrocious and can yield huge numbers of casualties in a localized area they are most effective as a weapon of terror especially against civilian populations. Modern warfare is mostly done by machines of war instead of masses of troops gathering in a spot in the battlefield or in

Could modern weaponry defeat a Terminator?

Considering the advancing tech of the Terminators, it would be difficult, but certainly possible. However, this was only shown in the first film with the main T-850 being bisected by a homemade pipe bomb, and then crushed to death by a hydraulic press. Newer models such

Can an M1 Garand be modified to fire 5.56x45mm NATO?

Probably not. The 5.56 just doesn't have the horsepower to cycle a Garand action.There are no kits for it, so even if it turned out to be possible, every needed conversion piece would have to be custom-made in a machine

Could modern weaponry defeat the aliens from the film aliens?

Easily. The aliens method of reproducing is very obvious and easy to prevent and detect. So the aliens can't reproduce, and anyplace where it's too close quarters to send in a fire team is going to be bombed, shelled, and napalmed until it's no longer alive. Plus, I can't imagine

Could modern weaponry defeat Spiderman?

Guns can kill Spider-Man pretty easily as long as the people shooting them didn't go to the Stormtrooper academy of missing. The amount of round a modern mini-gun or something smaller can put out in a minute make it impossible for even Spider-Man to hope to survive.

What would happen if nuclear weapons ceased to exist?

It might increase the chances of war.  Nuclear deterrence is a potent threat against invasion.   Take Israel...Surrounded by enemies.  Up until they "leaked" the fact that they have nuclear weapons, incursions, attacks and invasions were common.   Since then...Nothing but harassment by proxy fighters like Hezbollah and

Can nuclear weapons be banned?

Yes.I, David Ewan Kahana, Chief Overseer of Primitive Species (appt'd Trantor, 13167.8), Ambassador Plenipotentiary to the Third Quadrant, do Hereby, by the Powers vested in me by the Galactic Federation, Forbid and Ban the further construction of any and all Fission or Fusion based Weapons

Do astronauts carry weapons to defend themselves against hostile aliens (in case they encounter any)?

No. Astronauts are not allowed to carry any weapon with them to space. Though The Russian Soyuz Space capsule had weapons in its survival kit to protect astronauts from wild animals if it happened to land in remote forest regions. The Survival kit had1) The Makarov

Could modern weaponry defeat Super Mario?

No. Mario has shown enough power that it would take at least 2 nukes to actually kill him. The amount of items like super stars, mega mushrooms, double cherries, and many other things means he could take down the entire

Who can own nuclear weapons?

Certain nation states own nuclear weapons without opprobium or sanctions from other nation states. Formally, these are:The United States of America, Russia, The Peoples' Republic of China, France, The United Kingdom, India and Pakistan.Informally, we may add Israel to this list.North Korea has nuclear weapons, and is heavily sanctioned because of this. Within 36 months Iran may also

How are nuclear weapons stored?

To the other answers, I will only add that the Navy facilities are guarded by US Marines (not law enforcement), and they're not all inside the compound. There are a lot of them hidden in the woods outside of the perimeter, that you only see when they want you to. The electronic surveillance equipment will trigger

In the movie Arrival, what did the aliens mean when they said 'use the weapon'?

I might not be right here, but I have a prediction.At the end of the film, the aliens reveal what this

Do nuclear weapons promote peace?

All the answers so far miss a very crucial point towards war in general and in the 21st century.First, let us address what is war. Since we are talking about nuclear weapons, we can talk of the following scenarios:War

What would happen if nuclear weapons ceased to exist?

It might increase the chances of war.  Nuclear deterrence is a potent threat against invasion.   Take Israel...Surrounded by enemies.  Up until they "leaked" the fact that they have nuclear weapons, incursions, attacks and invasions were common.   Since then...Nothing but harassment by proxy fighters like Hezbollah and

Can nuclear weapons be recycled?

We have some kind of a deal with Russia to buy their weapon's grade plutonium and burn it in power reactors.DOE is building a 5+ billion dollar facility to take the Pu and fabricate nuclear fuel rods with it.The Pu

How much math is used in artillery?

A surprisingly huge amount of math is used today in artillery branch of service. More so than in the past but most of today's is done with the help of computers on the artillery pieces or in the Fire Direction Center. GPS has all but eliminated

Is the nuclear weapon our last defense against alien invasion?

A nuke probably wouldn't be that effective. Because a nuke mostly works by blast effects, which are greatly helped by the atmosphere, and as you'll recall in space there is no atmosphere. Then, these guys came from another star system, presumably quite fast, so presumably have some form of shield against radiation

Do nuclear weapons go 'bad'?

Yes, they can go ‘bad'. Over time the fissile content of the core decays, meaning the Plutonium or Uranium in them is slowly turning into something quite different.Left long enough, these decay products can monkey with the nuclear reaction when the weapon is detonated and cause it to reduce yield or even fizzle.

Could modern weaponry defeat a Terminator?

Considering the advancing tech of the Terminators, it would be difficult, but certainly possible. However, this was only shown in the first film with the main T-850 being bisected by a homemade pipe bomb, and then crushed to death by a hydraulic press. Newer models such

Could the current U.S. conquer the world?

Conquer, yes. Hold and pacify, not for many generations--if at all.

Do astronauts carry weapons to defend themselves against hostile aliens (in case they encounter any)?

No. Astronauts are not allowed to carry any weapon with them to space. Though The Russian Soyuz Space capsule had weapons in its survival kit to protect astronauts from wild animals if it happened to land in remote forest regions. The Survival kit had1) The Makarov

Why were early and pre-WWII fighters given guns of different calibers?

At the beginning of WW2, aircraft machine guns were usually .30 caliber (0.3 inch = 7.62 mm), a relatively light machine gun.  A machine gun is useful because of its high rate of fire, putting a spray of projectiles out toward and around the target.  An aircraft's automatic cannon, firing

Should Bangladesh acquire nuclear weapons?

A good reference for general information on most if not all nations is the CIA World Factbook Central Intelligence Agency. According to this site, Bangladesh has very few international disputes that would suggest that it has a need of

Would alien visitors/invaders necessarily beat us in a battle?

I think the key here is energy production. There are many concepts which we partially understand, but we have never had a controllable power source which could safely provide enough energy to allow us to explore those subjects.Presumably, a species which had mastered faster than light travel would necessarily have access to an immense and stable

Can nuclear weapons be used against aliens?

Supposedly some extraterrestrials disabled a timing mechanism that controls a portion of the fire system for our nukes. We could design some that would not be subject to that tampering, and thus use them, if needed. The bigger question is why are they that interested in our nukes. If they are so powerful and

What are some powerful weapons in the real world and in works of fiction?

There are so many. One that stands out in my mind is from the Novel series Rendevous with Rama, by Aurther C. Clark.*** Spoiler alert ***On a humongous space

Can a grenade explode in a vacuum?

Yes, and this is basically true for all devices containing high explosives. This is because the explosive material itself is a premixed combination of all of the ingredients for the explosive reactions to take place. In other words, they do not depend

Coudn't you defeat aliens with just guns?

well this is a hard question to answer as we haven't actually seen any aliens. So we don't know how technologically advanced they will be, but as chances are THEY will be visiting us they are most likely going to be far superior to us tech wise. I doubt that if a species

Are big companies like Amazon, Google, Microsoft, Facebook, Apple etc helping develop modern weapons for governments?

They don't make weapons per se' but some of them make systems and or or parts that are used in weapons. Facebook, Amazon and Google are three that I can't think of anything that they actually manufacture but if a company actually makes