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How to Make Your Own Sonic Tractor Beam at Home

We’ve all been there: building a scale model of the Death Star in our basement and thinking, “I just wish this had a tractor beam to grab onto my tiny styrofoam Millennium Falcon.” Now, thanks to a team of scientists, you can put the finishing touches on that model with your very own sonic tractor beam. Okay, maybe we haven’t all been there, but I’m sure someone has been there. Read More >>

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NASA Teams Up With Hoverboard Company to Build a Magnetic “Tractor Beam”

When Arx Pax unveiled its “hoverboard” last year, we had a hunch that this was but the first demonstration of the company’s new magnetic field technology. Why was Arx Pax really messing around with magnets? For one, to build a tractor beam. Read More >>

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Sci-Fi Reality Check: Tractor Beams and Sonic Screwdrivers

Last May, researchers from the University of Dundee in Scotland proved that creating a tractor beam with sound was possible. This 10-minute video, recently posted by YouTube user whentheappledrops tries to simplify the science behind this discovery and suss out a definitive answer to the question: is this really possible? Read More >>

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NASA Researching Real-Life Tractor Beams

This one is straight out of the annals of Star Trek -- NASA wants to make tractor beams a reality using lasers. They want to trap and pull in small samples remotely, and its not quite as farfetched as it sounds. Read More >>