It appears the army’s pain-inducing sound wave ray gun — which we first wrote about last September — just didn’t have the right mix of spooky sci-fi brain scrambling and common kitchen technology.
That’s why the army is trotting out a new and improved ray gun that sends microwaves bouncing through your skull until you hear a terrible noise that no one else can hear. Even better, it might mess you up permanently:
The biggest issue from the microwave weapon is not the radiation. It’s the risk of brain damage from the high-intensity shockwave created by the microwave pulse. Clearly, much more research is needed on this effect at the sort of power levels that Dr. Sadovnik is proposing. But if it does prove hazardous, that does not mean an end to weapons research in this area: a device that delivered a lethal shockwave inside the target’s skull might make an effective death ray.
Oh man. The Republican National Convention is gonna be soooooo awesome this year.