Thought for the month

“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.

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