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December 12, 2014 - 6:09 am
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In the early 1930s, Great Britain found itself in a rather precarious position. Military theorists were predicting, quite correctly, that the next war would be dominated by air power, and the ominous threat of aerial bombardment. With Nazi Germany on the rise, the Brits suddenly felt very vulnerable. To address the problem, Britain launched a number of projects in hopes of mitigating the threat — including an effort to develop nothing less than a high-tech "death ray" that could shoot enemy planes out of the sky.

But even though the project failed to develop such a weapon, it did result in something potentially far more useful — a technological breakthrough that would prove to play an integral role in the British victory over the Nazis during the Battle of Britain.

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Top image: Electrolux Death Ray by Greg Brotherton/Brotron

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The Brits had good reason to be worried. The horrors of World War I were still very fresh in their minds, including memories of first-generation German bombers and zeppelins that rained terror from above — with very little in the way of possible countermeasures.

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As times got tough for the Axis during the Second World War, both Germany and Japan considered — and in some cases used — biological warfare. New research reveals details about one of these plans — a scheme that saw malaria-ridden mosquitoes released into enemy territory.

It's no secret that the Nazis tried to halt Allies in Italy with a malaria epidemic attack. According to historian Frank Snowden, the Germans flooded the marshes that lay on the path into Rome by reversing the pumps that drained them. They then introduced millions of larvae of malaria-carrying mosquitoes. British and American soldiers survived the biological attack because they were given anti-malarial drugs. Regrettably, the Italian population didn't fare so well; malaria cases rose in the area from 1,217 in 1943 to 54,929 in 1944 in a population of 245,000 (the actual numbers might have been higher). Malaria remained rife in the area until 1950 when the marshes were drained.

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After i was watching a documentary about time travel and one of the students who claimed he was a test subject and visited Washington and advised him on retreating

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