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Tractor beams and space suits: making sci-fi a reality

Please be aware that this is not an accessible venue. The event is on the ground floor with one small step at the entrance to the pub with no ramp. The toilets are not accessible.
Past event - 2024
13 May Doors open 6:30pm
Event 7pm to 9pm
The Eldon House, 6 Lower Clifton Hill,
Bristol BS8 1BT
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How can humans adapt to living on Mars? And what does the Star Trek tractor beam have in common with sound waves? Join us for an evening of exploring how these sci-fi ideas are being brought ever closer to reality by cutting edge science happening here in Bristol.

Acoustic tractor beams

Professor Bruce Drinkwater (Professor of Ultrasonics, University of Bristol)
Tractor beams are a favourite of science-fiction authors, enabling suitably equipped spacecraft to move objects over large distances. They are also the inspiration for scientists and this talk tells the story behind the invention of the world’s first acoustic tractor beam. As they use sound to push and pull the objects, they need a gas or liquid in which to work, so these are earth-bound devices. Researchers are now using these devices to move microscopic objects to manufacture new materials and tissues. But just how large an object can be held in a tractor beam?

The next small step - A soft exosuit for low-gravity adaptation

Emanuele Pulvirenti (PhD Student, University of Bristol)
"Even after 400 generations in villages and cities, the open road still softly calls, like a nearly forgotten childhood song."
The human need for exploration, famously expressed by Carl Sagan, persists. Interplanetary travel and human settlements on the Moon and Mars are swiftly materializing, yet long-term exposure to low gravity remains a significant hurdle for viable space travel. Emanuele Pulvirenti aims to design a lower-body soft exosuit to help humans adapt to low gravity environments. The device will also have a major impact on how we approach rehabilitation here on Earth.
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