Well I've been on a science kick for a while, and someone sent me this article from phys.org and I refer to it here as yet another instance when science seems to be rapidly catching up with science fiction:
I hope you caught those first two paragraphs:
"The NASA Office of the Chief Technologist (OCT) has awarded Principal Investigator Paul Stysley and team members Demetrios Poulios and Barry Coyle at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md., $100,000 to study three experimental methods for corralling particles and transporting them via laser light to an instrument -- akin to a vacuum using suction to collect and transport dirt to a canister or bag. Once delivered, an instrument would then characterize their composition.
"'Though a mainstay in science fiction, and Star Trek in particular, laser-based trapping isn't fanciful or beyond current technological know-how,' Stysley said. The team has identified three different approaches for transporting particles, as well as single molecules, viruses, ribonucleic acid, and fully functioning cells, using the power of light."
Then we're told that it's all in an effort to collect space junk and particulate samples using two phenomena already known in optical science:
"Another technique employs optical solenoid beams -- those whose intensity peaks spiral around the axis of propagation. Testing has shown that the approach can trap and exert a force that drives particles in the opposite direction of the light-beam source. In other words, the particulate matter is pulled back along the entire beam of light. Unlike the optical vortex method, this technique relies solely on electromagnetic effects and could operate in a space vacuum, making it ideal for studying the composition of materials on one of the airless planetary moons, for example.
"The third technique exists only on paper and has never been demonstrated in the laboratory, Poulios said. It involves the use of a Bessel beam. Normal laser beams when shined against a wall appear as a small point. With Bessel beams, however, rings of light surround the central dot. In other words, when seen straight on, the Bessel beam looks like the ripples surrounding a pebble dropped in a pond. According to theory, the laser beam could induce electric and magnetic fields in the path of an object. The spray of light scattered forward by these fields could pull the object backward, against the movement of the beam itself."
OK.... but I can't help but think, in the context of yesterday's blog, that what we're looking at here is the public tip of a very large iceberg, one perhaps already investigated within black projects for years, possibly decades. Let's recall something else that Ben Rich said, namely, that we have technology in black projects about 50 years in advance of what is known publicly, and that we have the "technology to take ET home" and to "go to the stars." If that be the case, then perhaps what we're looking at here is just the attempt to introduce to the public arena concepts and technologies that are already in use.
And I hope you all caught that significant reference to particles moving within a beam opposite to the direction of propagation of the beam... Burkhardt Heim is smiling in his grave.