This is still an in-development project, but the potential for mayhem is unimaginable. Russia is currently working on weapons that employ electromagnetic radiation to directly affect the central nervous system – the root of all sensory processing – in a variety of unpleasant ways. The weapon will most likely build on existing research that shows the ability of low-frequency microwaves to affect brain function, alter moods and transmit false sensory data. Although this may all seem like X-Files stuff, the scientific basis is there. It’s up to some unscrupulous weapons designer to put it into practice.
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