>From U.S. News, http://www.usnews.com/usnews/issue/971229/29WHIS.HTM - The light fantastic U.S. information warfare experts say there are no technological hurdles to developing a weapon--deliverable by computer, television, or film--that would produce effects similar to the epileptic-like spasms experienced last week by more than 700 Japanese TV viewers. The victims, mostly children, convulsed while watching a popular cartoon show. The episodes occurred during a five-second scene in which flashing red lights emanated from a character's eyes. Bright flashes of light have triggered epileptic-like seizures in the past. Military use of light is being explored. The Pentagon has looked into the effects of strobe lights as a nonlethal weapon, and Russia has supposedly developed a computer virus called "666" that displays certain light combinations on a computer screen in order to affect bodily functions.
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