First up, Erich von Daniken tells us about what he’s going to be doing at Contact in the Desert, which takes place at the Renaissance Resort in Indian Wells, California May 31-June 3. Erich’s website is Next, Dreamland takes a turn in an unusual direction: entertainment, and Whitley’s next interview onread more

On September 8, 1966, the first episode in a television series that would come to revolutionize television aired: simply called ‘Star Trek’, this science-fiction show would change the way stories were told, the way we would view the world, and influence our concept of technology. One of the radical departures that Star Trek made was it’s use of "warp drive" as their starship’s method of propulsion: where previous series would simply use old-fashioned rockets, the U.S.S. Enterprise would warp the very fabric of spacetime itself, enabling faster-than-light travel, and simultaneously negating the unwanted time-dilatation and mass increase as predicted by the Theory of Relativity.
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Fans of space sagas Star Wars and Star Trek will be very familiar with "tractor beams," the projected force-fields utilised by spaceports, planetary bases, space stations, and star-ships to lock onto crafts and guide them to a safe designated landing site.
New research conducted at Dundee University in Scotland has now used ultrasound energy to create a "tractor beam" with properties similar to its science-fictional equivalent.

During the study, which was published in the journal APS Physics, scientists managed to remotely pull a hollow triangular object towards the energy source, push it away and also rotate it.
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