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'Invisibility beam' technology proposed

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news icon rIt sounds like magic: walls, curtains, even dresses could be rendered transparent by bathing them in a specially crafted beam of light. Rescuers could use the beam to peer through rubble after an earthquake, while doctors could gaze at a damaged lung after making a patient's skin and ribs vanish.

This remarkable disappearing trick is the kind of sorcery that would grace the pages of a Harry Potter book, yet it is a prediction of real-world science.

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Shuriken

So if one would be able to make a gun invisible, what would stop him of a mass murder in a school? We would have to walk true many detectors all the time and everywhere. Ofcourse thats assuming if this technology would allow it not only for one ten thousandth of a millionth of a second.

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Karma_burna

the full article is far more fascinating! it goes on to point in many directions. a superlens, btw, could obviously help with seeing continents and seas on planets circling nearby stars.

which is something they are really having a go at at the moment, there was an article in new scientist about it two months ago. its possible but requires a square kilometres worth of mirrors floating in space (a composite telescope) to pick the image up.

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Karma_burna

btw, the guy on the left in the article picture looks like the guy from 24.

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RamboIII
So if one would be able to make a gun invisible, what would stop him of a mass murder in a school?

For now, and for a long, long time this technology will be strictly for science.

Ofcourse thats assuming if this technology would allow it not only for one ten thousandth of a millionth of a second.

That is indeed a big problem. We could be travelling to other planets and galaxies- but impossible amounts of fuel that will be needed prohibit the chance of it ever happening. We could be doing so much but the truth is, we just can't yet.

I can't wait to see the progress this technology makes. Hopefully it unlocks more than we could imagine. But remember, this is the proposition of this beam and the science proves it, but we don't know possible side-effects or whatever may occur that may potentially ruin the whole concept.

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ai_guardian

It's possible to read too much into this type of 'invisibility beam'. You must keep in mind that it is performed on a special type of material, to a fraction of a millimeter and with the aid of a very powerful laser. Ordinary invisibility is way off if at all possible with this type of technology IMO.

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Universal Absurdity
So if one would be able to make a gun invisible, what would stop him of a mass murder in a school?
What stops them now? Sure there are precautions but nothing is flawless. Just as well, what would the practicality be of having a gun that could be invisable? you'd still have to shine that light on it.

This kind of technology amazes me, it reminds me of reading about the philidelphia experiment, only much much smaller :lol:

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Brian McMalley

speaking of side-effects, what do you think would happen if they tried to do that to a person. Having a light shined on you that makes the very electrons of your body change energy levels just to have color pass through it? I don't know how safe that sounds.

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