The words "death ray" conjure up a lot of mental images: twirling mustaches, evil laboratories, a dashing man in a suit to foil the plot, etc. But it turns out death rays aren't just the things of stories. They actually make a few entries in the pages of history as well, especially in the 30s, for some reason.
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The results are about what you'd expect--experiments killing mice, detonating mines from a distance, shutting down engines and so on. All to be taken with a healthy serving of skepticism. Of course, it's not all doom and gloom. Sometimes the rays rained death upon germs, or cancer. And one brave soul realized that the horrible power of a death ray was too much to entrust a human to wield, so he vowed never to reveal its secret, for the good of mankind.
Explore all the high-stakes drama in the archive gallery above, and feel gratitude that these things never really caught on.
Amazing some of the ideas people came up with decades ago.
It has been mention in life nothing is new, but the rediscovery of what was there before.
This is the same as the Tesla "death" ray which is more of a free electricity transmitter which was suppressed so electric companies and the oil companies could make money destroying the atmosphere for a hundred years, but maybe it's for the best because grid tie converters with solar panels is better and wind power on earth can power 80 times all our energy needs.