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Sliding doors then tractor beams!

They've boldly gone: a team of Scots scientists have helped to create a type of light beam that has only previously been seen in the Star Trek movies.

They've boldly gone: a team of Scots scientists have helped to create a type of light beam that has only previously been seen in the Star Trek movies.

A real-life miniature version of the "tractor beam" – which can draw objects towards the light source – has been created, with the breakthrough being touted as one which could benefit medical testing in the future.

Although light manipulation methods have existed since the 1970s, researchers said this is the first time a light beam has been used to draw objects towards the light source, albeit at a microscopic level.

In the science fiction show, a tractor beam was a method of using a beam of light to pull spaceships and other large objects.

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