Doctor Who visited Star Trek, and the crossover showed up in our reality as a macroscopic acoustic tractor beam. The newly-developed acoustic tractor beam can pull objects six orders of magnitude -- that's a million times! -- larger than any previous experiments.
The concept of manipulating matter through the careful application of fields first showed up in science fiction in Edward E. Smith's Spacehounds of IPC, a novel by the author/chemical engineer serialized in Amazing Science starting in 1931. Now, tractor beams have propagated to just about every corner of space-based science fiction. While some previous success has been achieved for tiny nanoparticles, a collaboration between researchers in Scotland and Illinois has managed to use tractor beams to manipulate relatively enormous centimeter-sized objects.
Getting the limitations out of the way, this tractor beam uses acoustic waves, and as every nit-picking scifi-fan knows, sound does not propagate in space. Even more inconveniently, shape matters: the tractor beam only works on objects that have a not-flat backside. But, for objects in the atmosphere that have junk in trunk, this beam can exert enough pressure to move it at will! ...as long as it only takes a few millinewtons of force to haul it around. It really is as though the Doctor watched a bit too much Star Trek and tinkered with his sonic screwdriver just enough to add a handy new mini-tractor beam to his multitool.
Depending on the target object's shape, size, and interaction with the wave field, the scattering is going to be different. The end result can be anything from increasing negative radiation pressure (same as for plane waves) to decreasing positive radiation pressure: pushing things away or pulling them in.
So, what works best to haul in using an acoustic tractor beam? A hollow isosceles triangular prism. The researchers suspended the prism above the array, bombarded it with 550 kHz acoustic waves, then measured the pressure field.
Pointed at a hollow, light object with a nice, pointy backside, the tractor beam worked perfectly, producing a pressure differential in front of the object, pulling it in just like a good scif-fi tractor beam should. Had the triangle been flipped around to point into the beam and with a flat backside, the scattering would have been far less beneficial and the tractor beam rendered inoperable. Borg Cubes are safe between hiding in space, having an uncooperatively flat backside, and occupying substantially more than a few tens of cubic centimeters volume.
Why does it only work for sound, not light? The linear momentum of light is a it more complicated, with reflection, refraction, and absorption all playing a role, while sounds waves are pretty much just reflected or absorbed.