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Scientists may one day be able to destroy viruses in the same way that opera singers presumably shatter wine glasses. New research mathematically determined the frequencies at which simple viruses could be shaken to death.
"The capsid of a virus is something like the shell of a turtle," said physicist Otto Sankey of Arizona State University. "If the shell can be compromised [by mechanical vibrations], the virus can be inactivated."
Recent experimental evidence has shown that laser pulses tuned to the right frequency can kill certain viruses. However, locating these so-called resonant frequencies is a bit of trial and error.
"Experiments must just try a wide variety of conditions and hope that conditions are found that can lead to success," Sankey told LiveScience.
To expedite this search, Sankey and his student Eric Dykeman have developed a way to calculate the vibrational motion of every atom in a virus shell. From this, they can determine the lowest resonant frequencies.
As an example of their technique, the team modeled the satellite tobacco necrosis virus and found this small virus resonates strongly around 60 Gigahertz (where one Gigahertz is a billion cycles per second), as reported in the Jan. 14 issue of Physical Review Letters.
A virus' death knell
All objects have resonant frequencies at which they naturally oscillate.
originally posted by: Adphil28
a reply to: butcherguy
Don’t know, the we’re all evacuated ( for the most part) so I’d guess there would be some thing, I’ve been told by extended family there “there’s nothing to say”- direct quote!, which I take to mean they can’t discuss it( maybe I’m wrong but they’ve never said anything like that before which is unusal!)
Today, the Beijing authorities also issued the "Outbreak Prevention and Control Notice Strict Closed Management of Residential Communities", announcing Beijing Also entered the "closed city" state.
According to the notice, Beijing Municipality has further strictly implemented "community closed management". Foreign vehicles and personnel must not enter. People arriving in Beijing must also report their health status and complete the registration of personal information. Within 14 days before arriving in Beijing, persons who have left the affected area or have contact history with personnel in the affected area shall be subject to inspection or home observation in accordance with regulations, actively report their health status, and cooperate with relevant management services. Anyone who refuses to accept medical observation, home observation and other epidemic prevention measures and constitutes a violation of public security management shall be severely punished by the public security organs according to law.