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Physicists make 'tractor beam' in water

Post by Guest on Mon Aug 11, 2014 5:41 pm

Scientists in Australia have produced a "tractor beam" in a water tank.

They can control the movement of a floating ping-pong ball just by making a specific pattern of waves.

By changing the pattern, they moved the ball around the tank in various ways, including pulling it closer like the famous beam from science fiction.

The findings, published in the journal Nature Physics, have the potential to help contain oil spills or control and retrieve other floating debris.

"No one could have guessed this result," said Dr Horst Punzmann, who led the project at the Australian National University in Canberra.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-28739368



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Post by Ben Reilly on Mon Aug 11, 2014 6:45 pm

Hmmm ... I wonder how big or energetic the wave-creators would have to be to tractor-beam a ship, or even floating debris? Still, quite interesting.

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Post by eddie on Mon Aug 11, 2014 10:06 pm

I wish I understood even half of what you both just posted.  Neutral 

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Post by harvesmom on Mon Aug 11, 2014 10:17 pm

I wonder if it would work in the sea though, it seems to only affect the surface of the water, what about taking into account undercurrents, tides etc. I'm really thinking in the case of an oil spill or similar.
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Post by Guest on Mon Aug 11, 2014 10:35 pm

eddie wrote:I wish I understood even half of what you both just posted.  Neutral 
You need to watch more sci fi edd`s  Laughing 

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Post by eddie on Mon Aug 11, 2014 10:45 pm

harvesmom wrote:I wonder if it would work in the sea though, it seems to only affect the surface of the water, what about taking into account undercurrents, tides etc. I'm really thinking in the case of an oil spill or similar.

Oh shut up,harves you brainbox!  :asboredas: 

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Post by Guest on Mon Aug 11, 2014 11:56 pm

eddie wrote:
harvesmom wrote:I wonder if it would work in the sea though, it seems to only affect the surface of the water, what about taking into account undercurrents, tides etc. I'm really thinking in the case of an oil spill or similar.

Oh shut up,harves you brainbox!  :asboredas: 

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you would be better watching all star trek and Stargate they often explain things like time and space ,blackholes ,tractor beams

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Post by Ben Reilly on Mon Aug 11, 2014 11:59 pm

eddie wrote:I wish I understood even half of what you both just posted.  Neutral 

Did you ever do that thing as a kid, where you're in the tub or pool and you wave your hands under the water and make your toys float to you? If not, go fill up the kiddie pool, get a rubber ducky and do it, it's so freakin' awesome!  ::D:: ::D:: ::D:: 

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Post by eddie on Tue Aug 12, 2014 12:02 am

Ben_Reilly wrote:
eddie wrote:I wish I understood even half of what you both just posted.  Neutral 

Did you ever do that thing as a kid, where you're in the tub or pool and you wave your hands under the water and make your toys float to you? If not, go fill up the kiddie pool, get a rubber ducky and do it, it's so freakin' awesome!  ::D:: ::D:: ::D:: 

What the hell has that got to do with tractor headlights Ben???  Evil or Very Mad 

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Post by eddie on Tue Aug 12, 2014 12:03 am

Korben_Dallas wrote:
eddie wrote:
harvesmom wrote:I wonder if it would work in the sea though, it seems to only affect the surface of the water, what about taking into account undercurrents, tides etc. I'm really thinking in the case of an oil spill or similar.

Oh shut up,harves you brainbox!  :asboredas: 

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Post by Lone Wolf on Tue Aug 12, 2014 5:50 am


Idea
 
IF they could make it work on a large enough scale, then there could always be the potential to use such technology to clean up a lot of the floating shipping containers and those couple of 'floating garbage dumps' that are currently littering up the Pacific Ocean...

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Post by Original Quill on Tue Aug 12, 2014 8:07 pm

harvesmom wrote:I wonder if it would work in the sea though, it seems to only affect the surface of the water, what about taking into account undercurrents, tides etc. I'm really thinking in the case of an oil spill or similar.

I was thinking the same thing, until it dawned on me that they are using wave theory. Those are modifications, HM, that merely depend on advancements in the technology. Wave theory pretty much works in any medium, against any odd anomaly.

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