Optical lifting demonstrated for the first time

Optical lifting demonstrated for the first time

Weak Signal's progress: basic

This Weak Signal came from: 
Scientists/researchers

The source of this Weak Signal: 
http://www.physorg.com/news/2010-12-optical-video.html

When did the Weak Signal manifest ? 
2005-now

Weak Signal's description 
Scientists observed and experimentally verified a micrometer-scale object being lifted by a beam of laser light. Optical lifting may be useful for improving the design of solar sails for interstellar space travel. The scientists described the findings as “almost like the first stages of what the Wright brothers did”.