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Star Trek's "Tractor" Beam Created in Miniature by University of St. Andrews Researchers


1/25/2013 7:53:29 AM

A team of scientists from Scotland and the Czech Republic has created a real-life "tractor" beam, as featured in the Star Trek movies, which for the first time allows a beam of light to attract objects. Although light manipulation techniques have existed since the 1970s, this is the first time a light beam has been used to draw objects towards the light source, albeit at a microscopic level.

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