In the months leading up to Gulf War II, the Pentagon started dropping hints that it might drop the "E-Bomb" -- a munition using high-powered microwaves to fry circuits and computers.Time and other big media outlets dutifully prostrated themselves before this new "wonder weapon." And some observers wondered whether the "E-Bomb" might actually be more of a threat to the U.S. than to the Saddam-ites.Now, IEEE Spectrum has come out with the definitive story, to date, on the history and the inner workings of this and other so-called "pulsed power" arms. Don't worry, it's in plain English. Check it out.

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