Researchers investigate bizarre reports from US diplomats in Cuba and later China, who hear disturbing sounds before developing symptoms that are very similar to brain trauma
Instead, they are loud New York Times report on Saturday increasingly convinced that unknown parties are attacking the staff with some sort of microwave emitters, possibly one small enough to drive around in a delivery van. The Times wrote:
The medical team, which examined 21affected diplomats from Cuba, did not mention microwaves in its detailed report, which was published in JAMA in March. But Douglas H. Smith, lead author of the study and director of the Center for Brain Damage and Repair at the University of Pennsylvania, recently said in an interview that microwaves are now considered the prime suspect and that the team is increasingly confident that diplomats have suffered
"At first everyone was relatively skeptical," he said, "and everyone agrees that there is something there." Dr. Smith noted that the diplomats and doctors jokingly refer to the trauma as flawless concussion.
Microwave strikes, some experts argue, explain plausible reports of painful noises, evils and traumas other than possible culprits – sonic attacks, viral infections and contagious anxiety.
Other scientific research has detected either pulsed radiofrequency or microwave radiation. The results noted by the diplomatic staff and the medical staff could be the results The Science Daily wrote this week A peer-reviewed paper from the University of California, San Diego Medical Professor Beatrice A. Golomb, published in Neural Computation in September, argues that the reported symptoms are similar
Instead of an actual sound, the Times added, victims could suffer from W-radiation – a phenomenon called the Frey effect, named after 83-year-old scientist Allan H. Frey. Concentrated microwave radiation, when directed at the signal processing auditory cortex of the human temporal lobes of the brain, can trigger the perception of audio even in deaf persons. An important piece of evidence: some employees who heard the sounds said that they could not stop it with ear muffs.
Frey told The Times that Russian employees are interested in developing technologies that exploit these effects on humans, calling them psychophysical and psychotronic weapons. (At one point, he added, Russian intelligence agents escorted him to a lab where they were building some.) US researchers, however, claimed that they could use the Frey effect to inject intelligible signals (ie, speech) directly into the To beam the heads of the test subjects wrote the paper. The Pentagon builds a fearsome weapon called the Active Denial System that uses the technology to create burning sensations on the skin.
According to Per Times, the technology needed to construct such weapon systems is more or less an open secret, though it is unclear what foreign countries could be to be able to build an advanced version:
Russia, China and many European countries have the know-how to make basic microwave weapons that can paralyze, paralyze or even kill noise. Advanced powers, say experts, could achieve more nuanced goals, such as transferring spoken words to people's minds. Only intelligence agencies know which nations actually own and use such unknown weapons.
Microwave theory is only the latest in a long chain of possible explanations, which includes anything from malfunctioning ultrasound monitoring equipment to toxin exposure or psychogenic disease called mass hysteria, but of which true pain is a well-known symptom). However, the Times noted that those who seem to agree on its plausibility are University of Illinois scientists and Bio Electro Magnetics James C. Lin, federal investigator and State Department:  Francisco Palmieri, a State Department official, was asked during the open Senate hearing if "attacks on US personnel in Cuba" had taken place with Moscow.
"That's a very good question," Palmieri replied. But, he added, "would require a classified setting."
Not all are, however, convinced:
The evidence piles up that something obscure arises in fact continues here. But none of the explanations is final, though this story is getting weirder.
[New York Times]