“It is a general popular error to suppose the loudest complainers for the public to be the most anxious for its welfare.” Edmund Burke, politician (1729 – 97).
Thursday, 24 May 2012
Whose sonic screwdriver?
I still think that Dr Who has the edge for overall usefulness, but a group at the University of Dundee have come up with their version of a sonic screwdriver. The team used an array to form an ultrasound beam that can both carry momentum to push away an object in its path and, by using a beam shaped like a helix or vortex, cause objects to rotate. The Sonic Screwdriver can be viewed rotating a rubber disc.