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2007-07-26 12:24:32

By JEFF HAMPTON By Jeff Hampton The Virginian-Pilot From 1944 to 1965, Navy aircraft swooped low over the Currituck Sound with a mission to blast targets on the Currituck Outer Banks. Now the Army Corps of Engineers plans to clean up leftover unexploded ordnance lying where wild horses roam and near beaches where people swim and fish . Rockets, bombs and machine-gun ammunition lie within 182 acres in the Monkey Island Tract , part of the Currituck National Wildlife Refuge , about a...

2006-08-29 07:15:00

By Alistair Lyon, Special Correspondent BINT JBEIL, Lebanon -- Like a small black football, it lies in the dirt not far from Haitham Daaboul's front door in the southern Lebanese town of Bint Jbeil. It looks innocuous, but a careless kick from a passing child would detonate this cluster bomb, one of thousands of unexploded devices Israel scattered over the towns, villages and hillsides of south Lebanon during its 34-day war with Hizbollah fighters. The bomblets can maim or kill. In war time,...

2006-08-16 11:41:14

By Michael Winfrey TEBNIN, Lebanon (Reuters) - More than 100 deadly black cylinders, not much bigger than large household batteries, litter the main road of this shattered village. They are unexploded cluster bombs fired by Israel in the last days of its war with Hizbollah guerrillas. At least a dozen of them lie near the entrance of Tebnin's only hospital, a shrapnel-sprayed building hit during an Israeli bombardment that wounded 15 people, according to its administrator....

2006-07-20 00:46:55

KABUL (Reuters) - An explosion rocked Kabul on Thursday, killing an Afghan man, police said. The blast came as senior NATO officials visited the city ahead of this month's expansion of the alliance's peacekeeping role in the country. "A vehicle has been hit by a mine or bomb," said a spokesman for the NATO-led operation in Kabul. A police official said he thought the blast was caused by unexploded ordnance. No further details were available.

2005-12-01 06:15:02

By Ed Cropley VIENTIANE (Reuters) - Three decades after the final act of the Vietnam War, Laos, the conflict's secret and illegal theater, remains littered with millions of unexploded U.S. bombs, which kill or maim at least 200 people a year. In all, an estimated 2 million tonnes of munitions were dropped on Laos, a landlocked jungle-clad country of 5 million people which still has the dubious honor of being the most bombed country per capita in the world. Of that 2 million tonnes,...

2005-12-01 03:56:54

By Ed Cropley VIENTIANE (Reuters) - Three decades after the final act of the Vietnam War, Laos, the conflict's secret and illegal theater, remains littered with millions of unexploded U.S. bombs, which kill or maim at least 200 people a year. In all, an estimated 2 million tonnes of munitions were dropped on Laos, a landlocked jungle-clad country of 5 million people which still has the dubious honor of being the most bombed country per capita in the world. Of that 2 million tonnes,...


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tesla
  • The unit of magnetic flux density in the International System of Units, equal to the magnitude of the magnetic field vector necessary to produce a force of one newton on a charge of one coulomb moving perpendicular to the direction of the magnetic field vector with a velocity of one meter per second. It is equivalent to one weber per square meter.
This word is named for Nikola Tesla, the inventor, engineer, and futurist.