How Close Are We to Real-Life Tractor Beams and Sonic Screwdrivers?

Last May, researchers from the University of Dundee in Scotland proved that creating a tractor beam with sound was possible. This 10-minute video, recently posted by YouTube user whentheappledrops tries to simplify the science behind this discovery and suss out a definitive answer to the question: is this really… » 10/12/14 12:00pm 10/12/14 12:00pm

Doctor Who Outed as Secret Ikea Shopper, as Tardis Brought to Set…

Fans of the revivified British TV series Doctor Who are, apparently, reeling, after the shock discovery that the Tardis, the Time Lords' equivalent to a Toyota Prius, comes in a flatpack. "I expected the Tardis to beam down from some far-off galaxy," said one shocked onlooker, "but it looked more like some flatpack… » 3/04/08 8:26am 3/04/08 8:26am