Saturday, August 23, 2014

I've Got a Hole in Me Pocket

Which, thanks to researchers working on a substance called "Vantablack," I might someday be able to pull out of my pocket and apply anywhere, giving the appearance of a hole.

A picture at the link shows what aluminum foil looks like when it's coated in Vantablack -- even though it's wrinkled and crinkled all the way across, the developed compound absorbs 99.96% of the light that hits it and to the human eye looks featurelessly black -- just like a hole. New Yorkers immediately expressed an interest in buying clothing coated with the stuff.

Continued research is likely to produce a coating which can be applied like others and create nighttime camoflauge, and may also give hints towards a coating that effectively bends light around an object.

(H/T Dustbury)

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