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The US Defense Intelligence Agency is looking into recent advances in proton gun technology (used primarily in cancer treatment) as a possible option for dealing with biological threats – unlike a bomb threat, which you can hit deal with by blowing up the package (or various similar pump-it-full-of-energy-make-go-boom options), even the smallest part of a biological package can cause damage. So, the plan is to pump it full of protons, which can be set to stop at a particular distance (where they then dump their energy, but the surrounding area remains intact.) All this thanks to the equipment getting smaller and smaller – sadly, as the science improves, it also makes the movie equipment that much more fictional, but that’s a small price to pay to zap a tumor or a bundle of nerve gas.

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