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Things We Saw Today: This Sonic Tractor Beam Can Levitate Objects

The video above shows a real-life tractor beam — well, sort of. A team of physicists built a device that can levitate objects using “acoustic holograms.” Little teeny tiny speakers transmit sound waves at certain intensities, which cause a little ball to float around. Awesome. (via Gizmodo)

  • I had to see a performance of 1776 for a history class in school, but kids these days? They get to see Hamilton, Lin-Manuel Miranda’s hip-hop musical with a diverse cast — look, just listen to the Hamilton soundtrack, all right? Don’t wait another minute. (via Deadline)
  • Artist Keren Rosen has illustrated popular idioms in adorable cartoon form, from “Hold Your Horses” to “Window Shopping” to “From the Bottom of Your Heart.” (via Laughing Squid)


  • Did you catch this blurry cameo in the background of the Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer? That’s Sullustan smuggler Nien Nunb, just over Finn’s shoulder — spotted by a keen-eyed fan named Mike Quinn. (via The Daily Dot)
  • Speaking of Star Wars fandom, are you planning to wear your cosplay best to your local premiere of The Force Awakens? Don’t do it at a Cinemark — they’re cracking down on costumed attendees. (via Joblo)

What else caught your eye on the internet today?

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