sonic screwdriver

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Above: Watch out when Black Widows got her guns drawn. And I mean her actual guns, not the good she’s unzipped. Though they do serve as an excellent distraction. Cosplayed by Giorgiacosplay. Photographed by Daniele Faccioli. (Fashionably Geek)

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Scientists have always been notorious for stealing away ideas for new technologies from writers and bringing them into the real world.  Today’s invention is no exception, as scientists at the University of Dundee in the UK announced the progress on their sonic screwdriver project.

Yup, just like Doctor Who, though perhaps not just like Doctor Who.  It is sonic, yes.  And it is a screwdriver.  Therefore, it is a sonic screwdriver.  The amount of really cool technological stuff that it can do, however, is quite limited at this point.

So far, those working on the project have managed to use an MRI-guided ultrasonic beam to rotate and pull a 10cm rubber disk weighing in at 90 grams while it was submerged in water.  Not quite what the Doctor can do, but certainly a promising beginning for such a high-tech vision.

The U of Dundee has been working on this project in conjunction with other researchers at Bristol, Glasgow and Southampton.  It is familiarly known as ‘Sonotweezers’ (I guess they couldn’t get the rights to sonic screwdriver) and is just a small part of a much larger project devoted to figuring out all the cool things that can be done with ultrasonic manipulation.

The official press release mentions using these new technologies for medical applications, of which there are a great many.  Personally, I see this going the military route once they get it perfected – lifting tanks off the ground the hurling them ala Magneto style.

Here’s a little video that show the ‘Sonotweezers’ in action:

Leave it to the Brits to turn one of their favorite television shows into new technology.  I suspect the T.A.R.D.I.S. project is next on the list.

For the full press release (and a whole mess of techno-speak), check out the university website.

 

Thanks to The Mary Sue for enlightening us to this subject.

Two Words. Sonic Screwdriver.

That’s the lesson we learn today from those meddling kids over at Lumberjack Films.  Afterwards They Will Explode from the filmmaker Patrick Willems shows us how every action movie cliché crumbles when the Doctor is there with the ultimate fix all device.

It stars a guy this that is a dead ringer for David Tennant with special guest star dude with bitchin’ fez and it’s after the jump.

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Normally I’d begin this article with a spoiler warning since the final episode of the first half of Doctor Who‘s season hasn’t yet aired stateside, but with this short of a teaser there’s really no need. Nothing in this super, duper, uber shortie of a teaser will spoil ‘A Good Man Goes To War.’ In fact, it won’t enlighten you to the comings of the second half even if you are up to date with your Who.

This little teaser is creepy and intriguing, I’ll give it that. The only solid information we’re given is apparently, “Time Runs Out.” And this is supposed to be different from time ending, how? Who knows (Ha! See what I did there?), but my guess is time is running out for Amy and Rory as we already know Matt Smith is returning for next season. How this ties in to the a skeleton hand gripping the sonic screwdriver, you’ve got me.

Watch the teaser below and then share your thoughts? I know there’s got to be some good speculation going on out there.

Make sure you tune in this Saturday at 9pm for the mid-season finale on BBC America! And if you’d like, we’ve already got a review right over here.

source: Blastr