‘Doctor Who’: How Sonic Screwdrivers Could Become a Reality

Sonic Screwdriver

Sonic screwdriver

Doctor Who continues to push the boundaries of science. In the popular British sci-fi series, the Doctor uses a “sonic screwdriver” to open doors, manipulate objects, and other feats. But could the Doctor’s wand of wonder become a reality?

A British professor with a really awesome name — Bruce Drinkwater — is heading a group of researchers creating such a device, according to Popsci.  “Drinkwater, a professor at Bristol University, is working with a youth science program called Big Bang to inspire young engineers. He said researchers are studying how to manipulate ultrasonic waves — sound waves humans cannot hear – to create a twisting force, like that of a mini-tornado, to remotely turn screws.”

Very cool. It’ll certainly come in handy if you need to tighten a faulty door hinge — or if you’re ever faced with a menacing band of rogue Cybermen.

Kevin Wicks

Kevin Wicks founded BBCAmerica.com's Anglophenia blog back in 2005 and has been translating British culture for an American audience ever since. While not British himself - he was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri - he once received inordinate hospitality in London for sharing the name of a dead but beloved EastEnders character. His Anglophilia stems from a high school love of Morrissey, whom he calls his "gateway drug" into British culture.

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