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New Class of Sound Wave Gentle Enough To Use In Biomedical Devices (dispatchtribunal.com) 14

hypnosec writes: In a first kind of discovery in decades, researchers have created a new class of hybrid sound waves that are gentle enough to be used in biomedical devices. Known as "surface reflected bulk waves", the new class of sound waves are a hybrid of bulk waves and surface waves and have been created by a team at RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia. According to the team the new class of sound waves have already proved their worth in delivering vaccines and other drugs directly to the lung and are hopeful that their creation could lead to a revolution in stem cell therapy. As Dr Amgad Rezk, from RMIT's Micro/Nano Research Laboratory, explains, they have already dramatically improved the efficiency of an innovative new "nebuliser" that could deliver vaccines and other drugs directly to the lung in as little as 30 seconds [study abstract]. Researchers are hopeful that their work opens up the possibility of using stem cells more efficiently for treating lung disease enabling them to nebulise stem cells straight into a specific site within the lung to repair damaged tissue and this could be a real game changer for stem cell treatment in lungs as well as other organs.
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New Class of Sound Wave Gentle Enough To Use In Biomedical Devices

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  • Is this a joke? (Score:4, Informative)

    by stephanruby ( 542433 ) on Saturday January 09, 2016 @05:02PM (#51269689)

    Is this a joke generated by a text bot? Or simply a super poorly written Slashdot summary? Why can't the Slashdot summary explain what this supposed "sound wave technology" does right from the beginning? Or are we all already supposed to know about this technology?

    • by cyn1c77 ( 928549 )

      Is this a joke generated by a text bot? Or simply a super poorly written Slashdot summary? Why can't the Slashdot summary explain what this supposed "sound wave technology" does right from the beginning? Or are we all already supposed to know about this technology?

      It's always off-putting when you read TFM and the PI can't concisely describe the technology in technical terms, but it's never clear if it is the PI's fault or the journalist's:
      "It’s basically ‘yelling’ at the liquid so it vibrates, breaking it down into vapour,” Rezk said.

      It does make one skeptical though as often someone will try to rebrand an existing scientific art as "innovative" by using awkward language to describe it in a new way.

      It looks like they're dropping the liquid ont

  • Having done zero reading on the topic, is that a possibility? I have complete agenesis of the corpus calossum so if this could be used to grow said corpus calossum into my brain, I would be forever grateful to the doctor(s) who made it possible.

  • by penguinoid ( 724646 ) on Saturday January 09, 2016 @06:32PM (#51269991) Homepage Journal

    Known as “surface reflected bulk waves”, the new class of sound waves are a hybrid of bulk waves and surface waves. It is used as a nebuliser.

  • by transporter_ii ( 986545 ) on Saturday January 09, 2016 @07:10PM (#51270135) Homepage

    https://vine.co/v/iKBwKEhELpX [vine.co]

    OK, seems to be a slow news day.

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