By utilizing ‘The Mirage Effect’, what we often observe as reflections on the highway on a sunny day as light bends around it, researchers at The University of Texas superheat carbon nanotubes to create what may be the world’s first invisibility cloak.
For thousands of years people have worn shimmering silk to stand out in a crowd. Within the next few years people could wear silk to become invisible in a a crowd. Harry Potter conferences are going to look a lot less crowed after these hit the market.
Harry Potter’s invisibility cloak is closer to being realized than you think. Scientists have developed what they are calling a “metamaterial,” a three-dimensional fabric that can reverse the natural direction of light. While still in its early stages of development, researchers say that the material could very well yield the world’s first actual (i.e. not in a sci-fi novel) invisibility cloak. Now would be a good time to start recording those “fly on the wall” fantasies.
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