"NON-LETHAL" MINES: HOW SAFE?

The taser has been used by police forces for years to incapacitate rowdy suspects. Now, a company is trying to turn the tool into a kind of non-lethal landmine, New Scientist reports.The mines -- called "Taser Area Denial Devices" -- shoot their victims with a pair of darts, connected to lightweight metal cables, which deliver a 50,000-volt charge.Supposedly, the system won't hurt -- or even permanently injure -- anyone. But some analysts aren't so sure."If you're pregnant, a child or old, the effects of 50,000 volts are potentially lethal," said Landmine Action's Richard Lloyd.A few government agencies have expressed some interest in the system, its makers say. But there are currently no buyers for the mines.

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