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water tractor beam
2014-08-12 03:30:20

[ Watch The Video: ANU Scientists Create A Tractor Beam On Water ] Australian National University Complex waves generate flow patterns that could be used to manipulate floating objects or explain rips at the beach Physicists at The Australian National University (ANU) have created a tractor beam on water, providing a radical new technique that could confine oil spills, manipulate floating objects or explain rips at the beach. The group, led by Professor Michael Shats discovered...

Move Over Enterprise, Scientists Have Their Own Tractor Beam Now
2013-01-28 04:21:30

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online A small scale version of the “tractor beam” used by the starship Enterprise to tow other vessels on the television show Star Trek has been crafted by engineers from Scotland and the Czech Republic. The device, which is detailed in the latest edition of the journal Nature Photonics, was built by scientists at the University of St. Andrews and the Institute of Scientific Instruments (ISI) and allows a beam of light to...

Image 1 - NASA Studying Ways To Make 'Tractor Beams' A Reality
2011-11-02 03:30:51

[ Watch the Video ] Tractor beams -- the ability to trap and move objects using laser light -- are the stuff of science fiction, but a team of NASA scientists has won funding to study the concept for remotely capturing planetary or atmospheric particles and delivering them to a robotic rover or orbiting spacecraft for analysis. The NASA Office of the Chief Technologist (OCT) has awarded Principal Investigator Paul Stysley and team members Demetrios Poulios and Barry Coyle at NASA's...

2011-03-03 08:55:12

The tractor beam -- a tool popularized in the realm of science fiction -- has been slowly making its way into the realm of reality, where beams of light are used to pull objects back toward the source of the light, BBC News reports. In a paper published online, researchers from Hong Kong and China have analyzed and calculated the conditions required to create a tractor beam, or in reality, a laser-based "pull." Unlike the ones popularized in science fiction -- most notably Star Trek -- the...

2008-08-27 00:00:15

By Rhodri Marsden Invisibility cloaks are set to become a reality. So where are our X-ray specs and rocket boots, asks Rhodri Marsden While scientists continue to pull off extraordinary feats of ingenuity in harnessing our physical world, there are a few technological advances that have, over the years, proved to be stubbornly resistant. True, some of these futuristic gadgets or processes may only have been promised during fantasy sequences in novels penned by science fiction authors...

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