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How We Reverse Engineered the Cuban “Sonic Weapon” Attack

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How We Reverse Engineered the Cuban “Sonic Weapon” Attack

Throughout last year, mysterious ailments struck dozens of U.S. and Canadian diplomats and their families living in Cuba. Symptoms included dizziness, sleeplessness, headache, and hearing loss; many of the afflicted were in their homes or in hotel rooms when they heard intense, high-⁠pitched sounds shortly before falling ill. In February, neurologists who examined the diplomats concluded that the symptoms were consistent with concussion, but without any blunt trauma to the head. Suggested culprits included toxins, viruses, and a sonic weapon, but to date, no cause has been confirmed. We found the last suggestion—a sonic weapon—intriguing, because around the same time...

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Research team may have solved Cuba ‘sonic attack’ mystery

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Research team may have solved Cuba ‘sonic attack’ mystery

A team of computer scientists from the University of Michigan may have solved the mystery behind strange sounds heard by American diplomats in Havana, who later suffered a variety of medical disorders. Professor Kevin Fu and members of the Security and Privacy Research Group at the University of Michigan say they have an explanation for what could have happened in Havana: two sources of ultrasound — such as listening devices — placed too close together could generate interference and provoke the intense sounds described by the victims. And this may not have been done intentionally to harm diplomats, the scientists...

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Can sound be used as a weapon?

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Can sound be used as a weapon?

Editor’s note: Government and academic investigators continue to probe reports from Cuba that, starting in 2016 and continuing through 2017, U.S. and Canadian diplomats and tourists may have been subjected to a “sonic weapon,” damaging their hearing, causing nausea, speech problems and potentially even mild brain injuries. Electrical engineering and computer science professors Wenyuan Xu from Zhejiang University and Kevin Fu from the University of Michigan explain their research, which suggests a more likely scenario of sloppy engineering, and what ultrasound frequencies (which can be used to transmit information gathered by listening devices) traveling through the air can – and...

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America’s Newest Amphibious Ship Is Getting a Laser Weapon

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America’s Newest Amphibious Ship Is Getting a Laser Weapon

The U.S.'s latest amphibious ship is getting a laser weapon just in time to show off at the 2018 Rim of the Pacific wargames. The USS Portland, which will function as the flagship for the multinational military exercises, is set to receive the latest version of the Navy’s Laser Weapon System. The new weapon will likely make an impression on visiting sailors—especially those from China—that also participate in the exercises. The USS Portland, a San Antonio-class landing platform, dock ship is set to enter service with the U.S. Navy in April. US Naval Institute News reports the Navy is installing...

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The Potential Horror Of Killer Microdrones That Use Face ID & More!

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The Potential Horror Of Killer Microdrones That Use Face ID & More!

A collaboration between University of California-Berkeley professor Stuart Russell and the Future of Life Institute that shows a future in which palm-sized, autonomous drones use facial recognition technology and on-board explosives to commit untraceable massacres. The film is the researchers' latest attempt to build support for a global ban on autonomous weapon systems, which kill without meaningful human control. The film is a sensationalistic turn in the approaches autonomous weapons critics have used to push for a ban. Submitted By Rambo. Read More: YouTube

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