As we grow up, we find ourselves often wondering just how all of the futurists got it wrong.
There are no flying cars or time machines here in the year 2020. There aren’t any cyborgs wandering the streets, and we certainly don’t have the hover boards we were promised.
Instead, it feels as though we’ve only received the dystopian version of the future, provided to us by some of the darker sci-fi films of decades past. Pandemics, cyber warfare, digital avatars, and plastic money.
Oh, and let’s not forget about the death rays.
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.
And China’s not the only one with the technology.
While the US has also developed microwave-style weapons, China’s alleged use of them may be the first against enemy troops anywhere in the world.
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.
A similar device was transported to Afghanistan by the US military, but was not used before being shipped back stateside.