A sphere with handles. An individual grabs the handles and pulls. Anomalous properties develop in the user, ranging from pyrokinesis to shapeshifting to muscle structure swelling until the skin splits and the individual dies.
Overview: The scientist in question was with three successful experiments when the Foundation made the raid. One was killed, another incapacitated and captured, the last sided with the Foundation and willingly turned over data. After removing her anomalous traits via the same device and administering amnesiacs, she was allowed to return to a normal life, though still monitored by the Foundation.
Perceived problem: It seems almost too story-like. Like it's not enough, artifact and too much story.
Am I paranoid? Can anyone point out any glaring problems, or should I post it and see how it goes?