Fans of the novel Atlas Shrugged (1957) by Ayn Rand will recall the infamous State Science Institute of the socialistic and dystopian United States. And for those of you who have not yet read the novel, beware of a spoiler coming.

The State Science Institute was located in New Hampshire but conducted secret research projects in various locations around the country. The most notorious effort of the State Science Institute was Project X, built by Dr. Floyd Ferris under the direction of Dr. Robert Stadler. Project X stood for Project Xylophone, also known as the Thompson Harmonizer.

It was a weapon of mass destruction originally intended to facilitate totalitarian control of the population. But an accidental detonation toward the end of the novel led to the destruction of the Taggart Bridge, which in turn brought about the final destruction of the United States and the liberation of John Galt.

If you read the novel, do you recall what kind of weapon it was? It was an acoustic weapon that used sound waves to destroy targets and control people. This article shows that science fiction is now fact, at least in part.

Acoustic weapons have been used recently against U.S. State Department personnel, first in Cuba and now in China, as this article describes. Acoustic weapons using loud sounds and high decibels have been around for some time and have been used against pirates and by the U.S. military in Iraq. These new ultrasonic acoustic weapons are silent but can induce sickness, nausea, headaches, disorientation and mild traumatic brain injuries.

It’s the perfect invisible weapon for controlling human populations — exactly as Ayn Rand predicted.