This from the DSeI exhibition, as reported in the Times: "The ray gun has been a staple of science fiction since HG Wellss The War of the Worlds, but fantasy is now reality as the first heat-ray weapon goes on display in London this week. Raytheon, the American defence company, is hoping to find customers for its Silent Guardian system, developed as a form of non-lethal crowd control, which will be shown at the Defence Systems and Equipment International (DSEi) exhibition, the worlds largest arms fair, at the Excel centre in Docklands, East London. The weapon emits a wave of energy that vaporises skin moisture, causing an intense burning sensation. Ministry of Defence (MoD) officials will be invited to place their hands in front of the machines ray and experience what its maker describes as intolerable pain." http://business.timesonline.co.uk/tol/business/industry_sectors/engineering/article2419432.ece A much better delivery system, but probably too Victorian: Now I for one have always been willing to welcome our new Martian Overlords (you didn't really think Gordon Brown was hman, did you? And as for GWB?) but can't help thinking that this one will really, really, annoy the Amnesty International crowd - so t's possibly a good thing, then.