Star Trek's Captain Kirk has praised scientists at a Scots university for proving that one of the cult show's most famous gadgets actually works.

St Andrews University recently revealed its scientists had invented a real-life tractor beam, as featured in the famous sci-fi series.

After the discovery was revealed, it was tweeted about by William Shatner, captain of the Starship Enterprise in the original 1966 TV show and the motion pictures that followed.

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The university said: "This is definitely a first for St Andrews, to have boldly gone where no other university press release has gone before and caught the eye of James T Kirk himself. It's Fife Jim, but not as we know it."