US military unveils heat-ray gun
My bad - this very same story appeared on NowPublic with authentic contributor photos 6 weeks ago. So it was not an exclusive to Reuters. Make sure you read the original - it has some interesting details.
Reuters appears to have been given
an exclusive look at a new heat ray weapon straight out of HG Wells, but with a significant difference: this one is said to cause pain but not lasting harm. The "Active Denial System" (sounds like George Bush's Iraq policy) is being touted as a crowd-control technology. Wild...and worrisome.
The prototype weapon - called Silent Guardian - was demonstrated at the Moody Air Force Base in Georgia.A beam was fired from a large rectangular dish mounted on a Humvee vehicle.
The beam has a reach of up to 500 metres (550 yards), much further than existing non-lethal weapons like rubber bullets.
It can penetrate clothes, suddenly heating up the skin of anyone in its path to 50C.
But it penetrates the skin only to a tiny depth - enough to cause discomfort but no lasting harm, according to the military.
A Reuters journalist who volunteered to be shot with the beam described the sensation as similar to a blast from a very hot oven - too painful to bear without diving for cover.