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What Are Sound Weapons?

Attacks on Americans in Cuba are calling attention to how inaudible sound waves can alter moods and perceptions.
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Earlier this month the U.S. State Department disclosed that several Havana-based diplomats have experienced “incidents which have caused a variety of physical symptoms.” Secretary Rex Tillerson said the incidents began last fall, calling them “health attacks.”

They were not the good kind of health attacks. Symptoms have included severe hearing loss, headaches, and problems with balance—forcing some diplomats to the United States. “We hold the Cuban authorities responsible for

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