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The trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens may be just 88 seconds long, but it still manages to pack a punch. It turns out some of it isn’t quite as far off as you might think.

Ever since the original Star Wars movies debuted, the hot-rodding enthusiasts among us have salivated over the prospects of zipping over the ground in our own repulsorlift-powered vehicle.

While the laser swords wielded by the Jedi Knights may still be more science fiction than reality, scientists from Harvard and MIT have managed to construct “Molecules” out of light, which could allow them to actually build “Objects” out of photons, rather than instead having them simply pass through each other.

In the meantime, check out this handy guide to building your own LED-powered model at home. Unlike Star Wars’s blasters real-world lasers are a little less impressive to look at; you won’t see any red or green bolts shooting into the targets.

A recent deal between Boeing, NASA, and space tourism firm Space Adventures might open the door for trips to outer space.


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