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In an advance with overtones of Star Trek phasers and other sci-fi ray guns, scientists in Canada are reporting development of an internal on-off "switch" that paralyzes animals when exposed to a beam of ultraviolet light. The animals stay paralyzed even when the light is turned off. When exposed to ordinary light, the animals become unparalyzed and wake up.
Originally posted by tamusan
I hope someone on my "side" is looking for a way to defeat this. I can see them using it against people at the next g20, or wherever suits them.
Originally posted by '___'eviant
This is really quite fascinating, although I can't think of a use for this that wouldn't be completely nefarious.
The JACS report describes development and successful testing of a photoswitch composed of the light-sensitive material, dithienylethene. The scientists grew transparent, pinhead-sized worms (C. elegans) and fed them a dithienylethene. When exposed to ultraviolet light, the worms turned blue and became paralyzed. When exposed to visible light, the dithienylethene became colorless again and the worms' paralysis ended. Many of the worms lived through the paralyze-unparalyze cycle. Scientists were not sure how the switch causes paralysis. The study demonstrates that photoswitches may have great potential in turning photodynamic therapy on and off, and for other applications in medicine and research, they indicate.
The scientists grew transparent, pinhead-sized worms (C. elegans) and fed them a dithienylethene
Originally posted by Matrix Rising
If anything, this supports abductions because somebody has to be causing this to occur.
Originally posted by Banater
Apparently the army has been working on a device that will temporarily paralyze a person using EMP laser light. link They plan on mounting this device on an UAV.