“In October, Tyler and his colleagues reported that they had used low-power, low-frequency ultrasound to stimulate activity in thin slices of brain tissue preserved on slides; by early November, the team had performed an experiment on a live mouse in which they induced involuntary movement by stimulating certain regions of the mouse’s brain from outside its head.”
“Civilization slipped into its second dark age on an unsurprising track of blood, but with a speed that could not have been foreseen by even the most pessimistic futurist. It was as if it had been waiting to go. On October 1, God was in His heaven, the stock market stood at 10,140, and most of the planes were on time (except for those landing and taking off in Chicago, and that was to be expected). Two weeks later the skies belonged to the birds again and the stock market was a memory. By Halloween, every major city from New York to Moscow stank to the empty heavens and the world as it had been was a memory.”
“The event that came to be known as The Pulse began at 3:03 p.m., eastern standard time, on the afternoon of October 1. The term was a misnomer, of course, but within ten hours of the event, most of the scientists capable of pointing this out were either dead or insane. The name hardly mattered, in any case. What mattered was the effect.”
–Stephen King, even the most pessimistic of futurists, it would appear.