from the urls-we-dig-up dept
Ray guns have been exclusive to science fiction for quite some time now. So far, hurling bits of metal is pretty effective, but it seems so barbaric. Even Tasers aren’t wireless. Here are just a few examples of some impressive directed energy weapons that are getting close to becoming actual tools of war.
- The Russians are working on electromagnetic radiation guns that can attack a target’s organs or central nervous system. Such electromagnetic weapons could burn people’s skin from a distance or lobotomize crowds of people with a sweeping zap. [url]
- Boeing and the US Air Force have tested a high power microwave weapon that can fry electronics and disable the electrical systems of an entire building. This weapon wouldn’t kill anyone directly, but it could be useful for knocking out infrastructure in a prelude to a conventional military attack. [url]
- A Laser-Induced Plasma Channel (LIPC) can direct an artificial bolt of lightning at a conductive target. A laser pulse shot directed at a bad guy can zap him by creating plasma from the air that is synchronized with extremely high voltage. But what if the enemy has a lightning rod? [url]
If you’d like to read more awesome and interesting stuff, check out this unrelated (but not entirely random!) Techdirt post.