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More than a half century after his death, Nikola Tesla's 265-page FBI file remains open, although copies obtained through Freedom of Information Act requests are heavily redacted for national security purposes.
His 700 patents fill a book more than two inches thick. Some of his best-known inventions include alternating current, the electric motor, neon and fluorescent lighting, the X-ray camera and remote control.
But he also claimed to have contacted alien beings, experimented successfully with anti-gravitational devices and invented a particle beam "death ray" that could destroy enemy aircraft at distances of more than 200 miles.
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