eraser8: What I want to know is when will transporters be perfected (and, its brother technology, the food replicator)?
Dilvias: eraser8: What I want to know is when will transporters be perfected (and, its brother technology, the food replicator)?Food replication as in turning electricity into food? Not for a while. Food replication as in taking a bunch of atoms of carbon, hydrogen, oxygen and nitrogen and make simple sugars? We can do that now, but nobody is going to buy sugar at the price of a thousand dollars an ounce.
TwowheelinTim: Cool? Really? Do you honestly think those in control are going to put this to good use? This is the kind of shiat we really don't need.
AugieDoggyDaddy: TwowheelinTim: Cool? Really? Do you honestly think those in control are going to put this to good use? This is the kind of shiat we really don't need.Who are "those in control"? And if They are not going to put it to "good use" please tell me what evil use They will put it to. So I can take precautions.
Oakenshield: Ahead of schedule.
gbv23: A tractor beam was used in the Pascagoula Abduction
bill4935: Let's see if this article passes the "Silverfield" test for awesome science reporting.1. Insanely optimistic blue-sky headline promising science-fictional results. CHECK2. Poorly organized paragraphs providing miniscule amounts of actual information inside rambling extrapolations of possible utopian uses for this new science. CHECK3. Final paragraph explaining how limited, infrequent and specialized the observed effect really is, and the low probability of its "commercial" or outside-the-lab usage. CHECKThanks, FARK! Another six minutes' worth of escapism from my drudgey life of worldwide computer networking and filesharing, pocket-sized mobile communications, instantly microwave-heated nutritious food from around the globe, and wrinkle-, stain- and rip-resistant clothing.GOD when will the future arrive already?
Girion47: So could they be reversed into repulsor beams?
thecpt: Hopefully I will see a working Zero Point Energy Field Manipulator in my life. Then I can retire to Ravenholm
maniacbastard: A functioning tractor beam is also a kind of propulsion. When in orbit point it at the moon and turn it to eleventy for a portion of each orbit and you could change your apogee.Yes?
dryknife: [img2.timeinc.net image 300x400]
Snargi: After working with single Bessel beams to try and perfect a tractor beam and failing, New York University physicists David Ruffner and David Grier assembled a device that overlaps two Bessel beams.
Hawnkee: [i.imgur.com image 320x240]
Son of Thunder: maniacbastard: A functioning tractor beam is also a kind of propulsion. When in orbit point it at the moon and turn it to eleventy for a portion of each orbit and you could change your apogee.Yes?Eleventy? When the moon gets pushed out of its orbit and crashes into Earth, I'm pointing the finger right at YOU, buddy.
Slaves2Darkness: Or instead of pushing big heavy metal objects into space with expensive chemical rockets, we might be able to pull them into space from an orbiting space station. If this discovery can actually be scaled up, we may be able to create a space elevator and cheaply get big expensive objects like humans into space.
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