“As it happens, there is and always has been one mechanism that produces precisely this effect in humans. Today it’s referred to in the medical literature as conversion disorder—that is, the conversion of stress and fear into actual physical illness.” Jack Hitt in GQ: U.S. officials say dozens of diplomats in Cuba were felled by a sonic ‘attack.’ But the likeliest culprit is far less futuristic—and much more terrifying. (I’m not sure this analysis is right, but I am sure this is one of the more interesting stories of the past couple years.)