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Small animals levitated by sound

Insects and fish emerge intact from uplifting experience.

Flying ants: ultrasound can keep a small insect aloft. Credit: Wenjun Xie
Tiny fish can try to swim away, but they won't succeed — not without water. Credit: Wenjun Xie
Ladybird aloft: squished, but not harmed. Credit: Wenjun Xie


  1. XieW. J., et al. Appl. Phys. Lett., 89. 214102 (2006).

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Ball, P. Small animals levitated by sound. Nature (2006).

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