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Battlefield 2050: direct energy weapons meet the forcefield

Death beams and ray guns may be science fiction staples, but the idea of directed energy weapons (DEWs) was around long before Captain Kirk boldly went anywhere, or anyone named Skywalker ever thought to pick up a lightsaber. Now, as DEWs look close to becoming reality, the next question on everyone’s lips is: If for every measure there is a countermeasure, what counters direct energy? Could it be the forcefield? Dr Gareth Evans reports.

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