Earthquake acoustics offer hint that a tsunami is imminent, researchers find
(Phys.org) —On March 11, 2011, a magnitude 9.0 undersea earthquake occurred 43 miles off the shore of Japan. The earthquake generated an unexpectedly massive tsunami that washed over eastern Japan roughly 30 minutes later, ...
New model gives scientists guidelines to develop 'smart' composite materials with wrinkled microstructures
Many natural composite materials have evolved to wrinkle in response to certain stimuli: The eye of the squid is lined with wavy layers of silvery reflectors that give it a silvery sheen. In the cell walls of many plants, ...
Sound bullets in water
Sound waves are commonly used in applications ranging from ultrasound imaging to hyperthermia therapy, in which high temperatures are induced, for example, in tumors to destroy them. In 2010, researchers at Caltech led by ...
Acoustic cell-sorting chip may lead to cell phone-sized medical labs
A technique that uses acoustic waves to sort cells on a chip may create miniature medical analytic devices that could make Star Trek's tricorder seem a bit bulky in comparison, according to a team of researchers.
NASA spacecraft records 'Earthsong'
Nobody ever said anything about singing, though. A NASA spacecraft has just beamed back a beautiful song sung by our own planet.
New metamaterials device focuses sound waves like a camera lens
(Phys.org) -- In a cover article in The Journal of Applied Physics, a team of Penn State researchers has designed and computationally tested a type of manmade metamaterial capable for the first time of man ...
Radiation damage bigger problem in microelectronics than previously thought
The amount of structural damage that radiation causes in electronic materials at the atomic level may be at least ten times greater than previously thought.
Acoustic tweezers capture tiny creatures with ultrasound (w/ Video)
A device about the size of a dime can manipulate living materials such as blood cells and entire small organisms, using sound waves, according to a team of bioengineers and biochemists from Penn State.
Manipulating tiny animals with sound waves: Researchers develop a new kind of 'tweezers'
By using sound waves to push and pull matter like science fiction tractor beams, scientists have developed "acoustic tweezers" that can manipulate blood cells and microscopic worms on a platform the size of ...
Rap music powers rhythmic action of medical sensor
(PhysOrg.com) -- The driving bass rhythm of rap music can be harnessed to power a new type of miniature medical sensor designed to be implanted in the body.
Seeing sound: Team develops noninvasive method to visualise sound propagation
High-performance loudspeaker manufacturers have been able to improve sound quality dramatically over the years, but still face the issue of dead spots.
Moon's shadow, like a ship, creates waves
During a solar eclipse, the Moon's passage overhead blocks out the majority of the Sun's light and casts a wide swath of the Earth into darkness. The land under the Moon's shadow receives less incoming energy ...
How long does a tuning fork ring? 'Quantum-mechanics' solve a very classical problem
Austrian and German researchers at the University of Vienna and Technische Universitaet Muenchen have solved a long-standing problem in the design of mechanical resonators: the numerical prediction of the ...
Cleaner stoves for developing countries, thanks to heat-powered fan design
Paul Montgomery, a graduate student at Pennsylvania State University, is helping design a better cook stove for people in developing countries.