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Scientists Invent & Create Real Sonic Screwdriver

A fully functional prototype of the sonic screwdriver that The Doctor uses in Doctor Who, has supposedly been created at Dundee University.

The prototype has successfully used ultrasound waves to lift and rotate a rubber disc floating in a cylinder of water which is the first time ultrasound has been made to turn objects rather than just push them, but physicists believe it can achieve more.

Dr Mike MacDonald of the Institute for Medical Science and Technology at Dundee, said: “Like Doctor Who’s own device, our sonic screwdriver is capable of much more than just spinning things around.”

He added: “This experiment not only confirms a fundamental physics theory but also demonstrates a new level of control over ultrasound beams which can also be applied to non-invasive ultrasound surgery, targeted drug delivery and ultrasonic manipulation of cells.”

Although the screwdriver isn’t designed to open doors like on the show, the research could be used in medical surgery to move drug capsules to specific locations.