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The Soviet Union spent $1 billion on mind-control experiments

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Brain drawing (Wikimedia)
Brain drawing (Wikimedia)

The Soviet Union's arms race with the United States during the Cold War included an expensive effort to develop mind-control weapons, the Physics arXiv Blog reports. Drawing on a new paper published by researcher Serge Kernbach, the blog describes the USSR's extensive efforts around what they called "psychotronics" — the equivalent of America's own experiments with parapsychology. Among the results: the Soviets developed a device called a "cerpan" intended to generate and store high-frequency electromagnetic radiation produced by the human brain in hopes of influencing other objects. For more on Kernbach's research, check out the blog.