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WATCH: Scientists suspend objects in mid-air with sound waves

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    Monday, January 13, 2014, 6:28 PM -

    It's the stuff that science fiction is made out of -- except it's happening in real life, thanks to a little bit in ingenuity and a lot of hard work from researchers at the University of Tokyo.

    Scientists have been able to levitate objects in mid-air with the use of sound waves for decades, but this is the first time a team has successfully been able to create a force capable of trapping and suspending objects in the air.

    The team used ultrasonic speakers to create standing waves that can trap small fragments of wood, metal, and water. They're even able to manipulate the sound waves to move some of the objects around.

    In less than two weeks time, this video has racked up more than 2 million views -- proving that science is definitely cool. 

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