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Ghostbuster Approach To Neutralizing WMD
You're a Homeland Security agent. You've located what you believe is a cache of bulk bio-agent. Public safety demands that you neutralize this threat.
Who you gonna call?
Okay, maybe not the Ghostbusters; but you might be able to make use of their proton pack, according to the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA). They've recently filed a proposal for Agent Defeat Using Proton Accelerator.
One attractive attribute of high energy protons is that they can be focused and stopped at a predetermined point inside the target, where they then deposit most of their energy. For cancer treatment this feature can target deeply buried tumors with minimal effect to surrounding healthy tissue. For agent defeat, this feature may similarly allow a focusing of energy upon pockets of bio-agent contained inside of storage containers or weapons...
PHASE III: Perform systems integration and demonstration of a field-deployable proton-beam generator that will fully neutralize bulk bio-agent in warehouse and weapon storage conditions.
Just one piece of advice to the Feds - don't cross the streams.
(Proton pack demonstration from the Ghostbusters)
Just for fun, the DTRA might want to juice up this backpack laser. Take a look at a real Proton pack; story via Wired.
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