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Unleashing a Medieval Trebuchet on a Wooden Palisade

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In Burgdorf, Germany, weapons expert Mike Loades is testing out a trebuchet ? a 12th century giant catapult from Asia that dominated the battlefields of its era.

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Explore inventions that were used to recklessly attack civilian populations. Discover the trebuchet, a siege weapon that dominated medieval battlefields. Follow the evolution of biological and chemical weapons, from the hellebore roots of ancient Greece to anthrax following the 9/11 terror attacks. And examine the most lethal means of mass destruction, nuclear bombs, as experts speculate on the future impact of cyber warfare.

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