Blacker than black

Science keeps catching up with science fiction.

Researchers in New York reported this month that they have created a paper-thin material that absorbs 99.955 percent of the light that hits it, making it by far the darkest substance ever made — about 30 times as dark as the government’s current standard for blackest black.

The material, made of hollow fibers, is a Roach Motel for photons — light checks in, but it never checks out. By voraciously sucking up all surrounding illumination, it can give those who gaze on it a dizzying sensation of nothingness.

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But scientists are not satisfied. Using other new materials, some are trying to manufacture rudimentary Harry Potter-like cloaks that make objects inside of them literally invisible under the right conditions — the pinnacle of stealthy technology.

Both advances reflect researchers’ growing ability to manipulate light, the fleetest and most evanescent of nature’s offerings. The nascent invisibility cloak now being tested, for example, is made of a material that bends light rays “backward,” a weird phenomenon thought to be impossible just a few years ago.

Known as transformation optics, the phenomenon compels some wavelengths of light to flow around an object like water around a stone. As a result, things behind the object become visible while the object itself disappears from view.

Shades of Harry Potter? Maybe there is nothing that you can imagine that science can’t duplicate – eventually. However I am still waiting for science to come up with controlled nuclear fusion technology.

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5 Responses to “Blacker than black”

  1. Inny Binny Says:

    As far as I know, scientists have come up with controlled nuclear fusion.

    Watch this video series:

    For some more informtion.

  2. Totalrecoil Says:

    Inny Binny: You are correct. I should have said “practical controlled nuclear fusion” or words to that effect. Wikipedia notes that in 1997 an experimental project produced fusion power of over 10 MW which was sustained for over 0.5 sec. However despite optimistic predictions nothing commercially practical seems to be forthcoming – at least to my limited knowledge. But I have no doubt that the time will come. Now cold fusion would be cool.
    The You Tube video was interesting.

  3. SOLOMON AZAR Says:

    http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-8855084931490387351

    i believe i have uncovered a symbolic discovery of unlimited clean energy of using water via nuclear fusion upon palm sunday 2007- I have been shown many signs after this date-in the beginning it was two sticks for fire- now- i propose two electrodes for unlimited clean energy- it is energy which fuels a world for comfort-life-stability-coupled with laws from the heavens we have lived our lives- we are all messengers of god if we listen-we are communicated with thru our dreams-coincidental moments-etc- you would be lucky to have one handful in which you swear to be divinely inspired in your entire life-our time is a test and we are by far left alone in order to see how we help one another- do not expect the heavens to fix mans problems- it is the heavens who watch us fix our own- we have everything upon this magical blue planet- it is our duty as man to live up to our potential- my first name means peace- my last name is the father of Abraham-father of arab and jews- it is also the name of fire in the first religion of zorasterian to this day-in the beginning is a story of brotherhood between cain and able- in this age of enlightenment we shall be called together under god and see what the brothers of Issac and Ishmael do in the middle east- it is in the interests of all human beings to support its unification-as it is the desire all nations shall be under one God—IF WHAT I HAVE WRITTEN SOUNDS UNORTHODOX TO YOU-MY ROAD TRAVELED TO SOLVE THIS ENERGY CRISIS WAS UNORTHODOX-THE WEIGHT OF MY WORDS WILL BE FELT WHEN THE SCIENTIFIC COMMUNITY HAS UNDERSTOOD THE MIRACLE I HAVE UNCOVERED–TO NOT WALK ON WATER-BUT TO DELIVER IT FOR UNLIMITED & CLEAN ENERGY— TIME WILL TELL

  4. Totalrecoil Says:

    Oh yeah.

  5. Inny Binny Says:

    They’re trying to build a self-sustaining nuclear fusion reactor actually, and if they manage, then the time it will be reacting for would be a very long time.

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