Medical researchers at the Pentagon have created a microchip that will detect COVID-19 when inserted under the skin. Relax, conspiracy theorists — they’re not being disseminated via vaccines. The revolutionary technology was developed by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, which operates under the Pentagon umbrella, according to Sunday night’s broadcast of “60 Minutes.” The top-secret unit was launched during the Cold War to study emerging technologies for military use — among them, innovations to defend soldiers from biological weapons. Retired Army Col. Dr. Matt Hepburn, an infectious disease physician, revealed that the microchip, which is not in widespread use outside the Defense Department, could detect COVID-19 in an individual well before a patient zero spawns an outbreak. “We challenge the research community to come up with solutions that may sound like science fiction,” said Hepburn, whose role at DARPA, he added, is to “take pandemics off the table.” Hepburn compared their diagnostic microchip to a car’s “check engine” alert.