'Nano-earthquakes' hold key to smarter electronics
The performance of mobile phone cameras and solar cells could be boosted by "nano-earthquakes", researchers have found.
Breakthrough in nonlinear optics research
A method to selectively enhance or inhibit optical nonlinearities in a chip-scale device has been developed by scientists, led by the University of Sydney. The researchers from the Centre for Ultrahigh bandwidth ...
A new way to control information by mixing light and sound
For once, slower is better in a new piece of technology.
Acoustic tweezers device expands the range of X-ray crystallography
A device for precisely positioning small objects using acoustic waves has now been used to position fragile protein crystals a few micrometers or less in size in the path of a crystallography X-ray beam. ...
Study examines role of acoustic-gravity waves as ocean transport, early warning of tsunamis
Acoustic-gravity waves—a special type of sound wave that can cut through the deep ocean at the speed of sound—can be generated by underwater earthquakes, explosions, and landslides, as well as by surface ...
Acoustic levitation made simple
A team of researchers at the University of São Paulo in Brazil has developed a new levitation device that can hover a tiny object with more control than any instrument that has come before.
Scientists sweep cells apart for use in medical research
Scientists have developed a new method to separate cells, which could lead to more efficient medical research.
Acoustic tweezers manipulate cell-to-cell contact
Sound waves can precisely position groups of cells for study without the danger of changing or damaging the cells, according to a team of Penn State researchers who are using surface acoustic waves to manipulate ...
Comet landing named Physics World 2014 Breakthrough of the Year
The first ever landing of a man-made probe onto a comet has been named Physics World Breakthrough of the Year for 2014.
New technique allows ultrasound to penetrate bone, metal
Researchers from North Carolina State University have developed a technique that allows ultrasound to penetrate bone or metal, using customized structures that offset the distortion usually caused by these ...
Researchers use artificially engineered materials to create breakthrough for sound sensors
University of Maryland (UMD) A. James Clark School of Engineering researchers have developed breakthrough technology to improve sound sensor capabilities through the use of artificially engineered materials.
Tilted acoustic tweezers separate cells gently
Precise, gentle and efficient cell separation from a device the size of a cell phone may be possible thanks to tilt-angle standing surface acoustic waves, according to a team of engineers.
New hand-held device uses lasers, sound waves for deeper melanoma imaging
A new hand-held device that uses lasers and sound waves may change the way doctors treat and diagnose melanoma, according to a team of researchers from Washington University in St. Louis. The instrument, ...
Bottling up sound waves
There's a new wave of sound on the horizon carrying with it a broad scope of tantalizing potential applications, including advanced ultrasonic imaging and therapy, acoustic cloaking, and levitation and particle ...