Magazine article New Internationalist

Bang Your Head

Magazine article New Internationalist

Bang Your Head

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A US defence contractor, Sierra Nevada Corporation, is claiming to have developed a technology that allows sounds to be beamed directly into people's heads. According to the New Scientist, the kit, dubbed MEDUSA (Mob Excess Deterrent Using Silent Audio), uses microwave pulses to heat tissue inside people's skulls, causing a less than charming audible effect. The pulses can be manipulated to transmit particular sounds, potentially voices and eventually Eurovision song contest runner-ups. The technology is designed for crowd control and psychological warfare, making it appealing to the police, military and nutjobs.

Imagine a situation at the next G8 Summit, whereby a phalanx of police wielding MEDUSA ray guns, fire a volley of Cliff Richard's greatest hits at an unsuspecting group of protesters. …

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