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What is the real name of the column-like beams in Portal 2 called? They are only (as far as I know) referred to as "beams" (By Wheatley: "I'll turn the beam off."). Here is a screenshot for reference:

Beam-like thing

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It's also referred to by Wheatley as a funnel: "Cubes, buttons, funnels...it's got it all." –  user56 Jun 18 '11 at 8:18
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It's a Tractor beam made of liquid asbestos called an Aperture Science Excursion Funnel

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It's an Aperture Science Excursion Funnel. Not using the proper title could get you sued or referred to the Aperture Science Non-Cooperative Testing Program. –  Shadur Jun 18 '11 at 10:20
    
It's also referred to as "Tractor beams", That's why Wheathly mentions the word "beam". –  Pieter888 Jun 20 '11 at 10:56
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