Technology is, at times, an oppressive weight on the neck of our civilization.
For every morsel of convenience we are handed online, some data-mining company takes an enormous bite of our privacy, for instance. Or, in the case of military technology, for every new protection we have, someone else will be honing the antidote.
This has been especially true in the last few decades, as traditional warfare increasingly gives way to long-distance drone strikes and cyber warfare.
Even in places where hand-to-hand combat still occurs, there are new, high-tech deterrents being deployed whose effects are downright diabolical.
Chinese troops used ‘microwave’ weapons to force Indian soldiers to retreat by making them violently sick during a Himalayan stand-off, a professor has claimed.
The electromagnetic weapons which cook the human tissue of enemy troops ‘turned the mountain tops into a microwave oven’ and made the Indian soldiers vomit, international studies expert Jin Canrong told his students in Beijing.
The microwave weapons heat water molecules in the same way as the kitchen appliance, targeting water under the skin and causing increasing amounts of pain to the target from ranges of up to 0.6 miles away.
The way in which the machine works is enough to give anyone the heebie-jeebies.
Also envisioned for use in crowd control, the weapon works by heating the water under the skin to painful temperatures which force people out of the area.
The sensation was once described in a medical journal as equivalent to touching a hot lightbulb. Overexposure to radiation can also cause headaches, nausea and vomiting.
The United States also possesses such technology, with a similar device having been deployed to Afghanistan recently, although it was shipped back stateside before ever being put to use.
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