It's always been a cool idea; zap bad guys with electrical shocks, instead of shooting them with a bullet. But in practice, the taser has often been problematic device.The weapon fires a pair of darts, connected to seven meter-long wires, at a target. That means the weapon's range is limited by the wires' length. You only get one shot with a taser. And if the darts don't connect on the first try, you're in trouble.A German company is testing out a so-called "plasma taser" to fix these inadequacies, New Scientist reports. By firing "an aerosol spray towards the target, which creates a conductive channel for a shock current," the plasma taser can, in theory, hurl repeated strikes over greater range.

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