In many cases, science fiction has paved the way for real-life invention, but the genre has provided even more gadgets that make wonder what the hell all of those sciences are spending their time on. Where is my jet pack? Why haven't any time travelers come back yet? (Or have they already...) But a team of MIT and Harvard physicists may have finally made progress in inventing one science fiction gadget we've been waiting for for a very long time.
And the best part is that the source of that comparison isn't even some nerd with a blog cough. One of the scientists involved in the study just saw it as a good way of relating their work to a wider audience.
"It's not an in-apt analogy to compare this to lightsabers," Professor Mikhail Lukin said. "When these photons interact with each other, they're pushing against and deflect each other. The physics of what's happening in these molecules is similar to what we see in the movies."
To be clear, Professor Lukin didn't slice the reporters arm off with a lightsaber after giving that quote, because the Jedi weapon still doesn't exist year. All the scientists did was make photons more attracted to each other in a way that in need for a lightsaber to exist, something that had never been seen before. So keep those nerdy fingers crossed for now. We're getting closer, young Padawans.