[Yana Izdebskaya, Anton Desyatnikov, Vladlen Shvedov, Andrei Rode, Yuri Kivshar and Wieslaw Krolikowski. Photo: Tim Wetherell]
iTWire has a story on ANU’s research with what they’re calling tractor beams.
Apparently they can now move particles .1 of a millimetre in size a couple of metres which is a major jump up to the macro scale.
On the other hand I can do a lot more with just a stick.
The real question is can the beam pull? If it’s just pushing then, as any fule no, it’s a repulsor ray and not a tractor beam.
UPDATE: ANU’s put out a media release and it’s clearly a repulsor ray, not a tractor beam. Surely these nerds should know the difference???