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Title: Straight Out of Star Trek: How an NYU Physicist Made the Tractor Beam a Reality
Date: August 31, 2016
Speaker: David Grier, New York University
... Abstract:
To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the original Star Trek series premiere, NYU physics professor (and sci-fi fan) David Grier leads a tour of his lab—the birthplace of the real-life tractor beam. In this video, Grier explains how the technology works and how it could find practical use in everything from environmental science to—yes—space exploration.