In 1935, a series of extraordinary newspaper articles claimed a backyard inventor called Victor Penny was trying to build a death ray for the New Zealand government.
Welcome to the summer science series from Our Changing World. We're kicking off the holiday season with a science-themed episode from award-winning history podcast Black Sheep.
Victor Penny was a self-taught engineer and inventor who worked with early radio technology – and at a secret government laboratory on Matiu/Somes Island.
Listen to find out the truth – and the science – behind the sensational 'death ray' headlines.
- Hear the story of the first radio broadcast in New Zealand in 100 years of radio and the spectrum of light.
- Listen to more Black Sheep episodes.