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Miniature Star Trek style tractor beam built

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#1    Still Waters

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Posted 25 January 2013 - 01:15 PM

A miniature working version of a Star Trek-style "tractor beam" has been invented for the first time by scientists at a Scottish university.

Researchers from St Andrews demonstrated that the microscopic-scale apparatus could pull tiny particles suspended in water towards it via a beam of light, rather than push them away as would normally happen.

Although scientists have been able to manipulate light in various ways for decades, the experts claim they are the first to build a "tractor beam" which works of its own accord and does not require help from a computer to "trap" objects before shifting them.

http://www.telegraph...beam-built.html

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Posted 25 January 2013 - 01:55 PM

Star Trek: the best idea-giver science has!


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Posted 26 January 2013 - 05:43 AM

View PostJacques Terreur, on 25 January 2013 - 01:55 PM, said:

Star Trek: the best idea-giver science has!

well its early days yet for the beam, but if they throw enough money and research at it, who knows where it will end up!?

Agreed re Star Trek :tu:

Edited by seeder, 26 January 2013 - 05:43 AM.

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Posted 26 January 2013 - 06:22 AM

View Postseeder, on 26 January 2013 - 05:43 AM, said:

well its early days yet for the beam, but if they throw enough money and research at it, who knows where it will end up!?

Agreed re Star Trek :tu:
so far, it got us communicators (cell phones), tractor beams and 3D-Printers....all that other stuff is just a matter of time... ;)


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Posted 26 January 2013 - 06:26 AM

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so far, it got us communicators (cell phones), tractor beams and 3D-Printers....all that other stuff is just a matter of time... ;)

and slidey automatic doors!  I still remember the first big tesco's near us got auto doors.. I think I drove them nuts as a kid walking endlessly in and out of them!  Feeling like I was on Star Trek!  Nowadays there are everywhere...

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Posted 26 January 2013 - 07:21 AM

Star Trek has got to be the greatest (and the nerdiest) scifi ever.

Jesus Christ - Matthew 28:18-20 said:

"All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age."

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Posted 26 January 2013 - 10:30 AM

how could i forget to mention slidey doors?????


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Posted 26 January 2013 - 11:31 AM

View Postseeder, on 26 January 2013 - 06:26 AM, said:

and slidey automatic doors!  I still remember the first big tesco's near us got auto doors.. I think I drove them nuts as a kid walking endlessly in and out of them!  Feeling like I was on Star Trek!  Nowadays there are everywhere...
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Posted 27 January 2013 - 03:16 AM

its in star wars too


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Posted 27 January 2013 - 05:06 AM

View PostJacques Terreur, on 26 January 2013 - 10:30 AM, said:

how could i forget to mention slidey doors?????


Swish swish :yes:

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Posted 28 January 2013 - 03:46 AM

Ah Star Trek the show that keeps on giving.


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Posted 28 January 2013 - 02:14 PM

hehe... oh how the future will be like computers are to todays geriachtrics =D I sometimes anticipate going cenile with a hover car I wonder if bath robes will still exist :P

Exciting news though considering it doesn't technically kill the person by transporting them to the ship.

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Posted 28 January 2013 - 02:32 PM

The swish swish door noise was actually a sheet of paper being taken from an envelope...


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Posted 28 January 2013 - 03:17 PM

It gave us the Wiggles jerseys too


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Posted 28 January 2013 - 05:39 PM

View Posttyrant lizard, on 28 January 2013 - 02:32 PM, said:

The swish swish door noise was actually a sheet of paper being taken from an envelope...

if you like the star trek sound effects you will love pressing buttons on this page, scroll down for verbals

http://www.mediacoll.../star-trek/tos/

Edited by seeder, 28 January 2013 - 05:40 PM.

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