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Submission + - Cone of silence 2.0 (newscientist.com)

Village Idiot writes: In "Get Smart" secret agents wanting a private conversation would deploy the "cone of silence", a clear plastic contraption lowered over the agents' heads. It never worked — they couldn't hear each other, while eavesdroppers could pick up every word. Now a modern cone of silence that we are assured will work is being patented by engineers Joe Paradiso and Yasuhiro Ono of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
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Cone of silence 2.0

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"You show me an American who can keep his mouth shut and I'll eat him." -- Newspaperman from Frank Capra's _Meet_John_Doe_

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