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"I'm a fairly visual thinker. In doing science, I think in terms of pictures of things happening, and then do the mathematics."
- Gregory Benford

Visible Halo  
  Providing a religious figure with a technological sign of grace.  

The turbans had originally been intended simply to conceal the mechanism which produced the shining halo which floated above the heads of all priests of Mota. The turban and the halo together made a priest


('Sixth Column' by Anson MacDonald (Robert Heinlein))

look about seven feet tall with consequent unfavorable effect on the psyche of the Asiatics. But Scheer had seen the possibility of concealing a short range transmitter and receiver under the turban as well; they were now standard equipment.

From Sixth Column, by Anson MacDonald.
Published by Astounding Science Fiction in 1941
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The turbans also concealed telecomm gear:


(Turban comm from 'Sixth Column' by Anson Macdonald)

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