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(Post by nerdbastards contributor Nick Bungay- Twitter @NickBungay)

Every time you watch the BBC series Doctor Who and he uses that sonic screwdriver don’t you wish you could have one of your own? Well, thanks to professor Bruce Drinkwater you may get your wish one day. The cleverly named professor of Ultrasonics is currently working with experiments to create an actual sonic screwdriver in real life. While it’s not a traveling blue police booth we all hope for it’s still just as awesome for fans of this classic sci-fi series.

A recent press release from the Bristol university released the following:

“The technology is already being trialled in modern manufacturing to fix parts together and ultrasonic force fields are being developed within the medical field to separate diseased cells from healthy cells. Professor Drinkwater and The Big Bang team are now exploring whether super powerful versions of these sound beams could bring Doctor Who’s iconic device to life. …

Engineers are looking into how ultrasonic waves can be spun at high speed to create a twisting force similar to that of a miniature tornado, which could undo screws remotely. They have also experimented with rotating ultrasonic force fields which would act like the head of a real screwdriver.”

Just think of the implications of having a sonic screwdriver of your very own one day. Never getting locked out of your car or house, never buying another lock for the gym, even sneaking to V.I.P. concerts without having to be a groupie. The only bad thing about this is how long would it be until people start getting arrested for sonic breaking and entering or being a sonic peeping tom. While this tech is only on it’s baby legs right now it has plenty of potential for success in the future. Now get started on that psychic paper, I want into comic-con by 2013 or at least the Adult Film Awards.

Via: io9

raytheonexoskeleton(Post by nerdbastards contributor Nick Bungay- Twitter @NickBungay)

First, the American military decided to copy Batman tech, now they’ve decided to go after another hero, from Marvel’s neck of the woods. The military has created its own “Iron Man” power suit, It just has one flaw. It’s not ready yet and they have actor Clark Gregg (S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Phil Coulson) using the closest thing that can resemble Mr. Stark’s one man army.

The XOS 2 (where’s 1?), allows its user to lift upwards of 200 pounds, several hundred times without growing tired. This is due in part to it’s use of high-pressure hydraulics around the exoskeleton. The XOS 2 also allows the occupant to punch through three, yes three, inches of wood with the greatest of ease.

All this mighty “power” must have Thor shaking in his little boots. This isn’t the biggest improvement on the XOS 2 though, it can fit under your bed. Just kidding, it’s biggest improvement has been it’s upgrade to reducing it’s power consumption by 50% (they’re reaching for 80% reduction).

What does this mean for the future of military warfare? Will all soldier’s be able to fly into combat, with the power of a small nation around their body? Not just yet, it’s still gonna be five years before this appears in military theaters and that’s just the tethered version. The non-tethered exoskeleton would be three to five years after that. Take a look at this Iron Man in action for yourself.  As long as these suit are not powered by scotch, they’ll do just fine.

Via: Gamma Squad