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"As opposed to illiteracy, where you can't read, aliteracy means that you can but you just can't be bothered. They say aliteracy is on the rise these days."
- Peter Watts

Vibration Screen  
  Subtle rays prevent electronic surveillance.  

In an era when techniques exist to see inside enclosed spaces (and even solid objects), what can be done when you want your research kept private?

"...Hugh, you are working on a secret invention. Over there!" He pointed to the tiny proto-steel hut at the farther end of the trench. It was blank, windowless, and a faint shimmer of rays played over its smooth surface...

That faint electric discharge playing over its surface was a vibration screen, which had repelled even the subphoton search ray of the enemy.

Technovelgy from The Shining One, by Nat Schachner.
Published by Astounding Science-Fiction in 1937
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To see what the vibration screen was intended to defend against, see the subphoton search ray from the same story.

For those who think that vibration screens are a purely sfnal mattter (who needs one?), take a look at current work in seeing through walls into hidden chambers or rooms; DARPA Radar Scope Can Sense Thru Walls and LEXID Sees Through Walls To Next Apartment.

See also this article on looking inside solid objects - Diamond Light Source Illuminates Manuscripts.

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