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Scientists claim invisibility breakthrough

September 19, 2015 | Comment icon 14 comments



Is it possible to make something invisible ? Image Credit: YouTube / UniversityRochester
A new type of 'invisibility skin' has been developed that can render a microscopic object invisible.
While Harry Potter had no trouble staying out of sight with his magical invisibility cloak at Hogwarts, rendering someone invisible in the real world has so far proven to be a lot more challenging.

Now however scientists at the US Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory may have finally come up with a solution in the form of an ultra-thin material that is capable of rendering a microscopic object completely invisible.

While there is still a long way to go to match the capabilities of Harry Potter's cloak, the researchers are confident that the technology can be scaled up to work on regular sized objects as well.
"This is the first time a 3D object of arbitrary shape has been cloaked from visible light," said lead researcher Dr Xiang Zhang. "Our ultra-thin cloak now looks like a coat. It is easy to design and implement, and is potentially scalable for hiding macroscopic objects."

Invisibility cloaks have a wide range of potential applications - especially for the military where the technology could render soldiers and vehicles practically undetectable on the battlefield.

It may not be long now before something like this becomes genuinely achievable.

Source: Sydney Morning Herald | Comments (14)



Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #5 Posted by libstaK 6 years ago
Excellent, I suggest using it to make Donald Trump invisible. Meh, we really need the technology to make him mute for that to do any good.
Comment icon #6 Posted by Norbert the Powerful 6 years ago
i didn't see that coming! heh heh heh. :contrite:
Comment icon #7 Posted by theotherguy 6 years ago
Why is every project that deals with invisibility immediately--within the first sentence of the article--compared to Harry Potter? I understand the pop culture reference, I'm just getting tired of it. I feel like I can write a complete article template by now.
Comment icon #8 Posted by qxcontinuum 6 years ago
imagine an advanced race of aliens having already this technology.
Comment icon #9 Posted by H132 6 years ago
Am I the only one that notices that this same article has been posted on this and other sites various times over the past year and yet it has nothing at all to do with visibility? It's just a simple lense trick that even i was doing with telescope lenses when I was 12 years old (32 years ago) and it is insanely stupid how this keeps impressing people today. I can only assume that this site is just running out of ideas for things to talk about.
Comment icon #10 Posted by Athena1979 6 years ago
Well that guy just burst my bubble.
Comment icon #11 Posted by Junior Chubb 6 years ago
Why is every project that deals with invisibility immediately--within the first sentence of the article--compared to Harry Potter? I understand the pop culture reference, I'm just getting tired of it. I feel like I can write a complete article template by now. If was writing the article I would definitely reference the Sheila's 'Cloak of the Thief' from Dungeions & Dragons over another Harry Potter reference.
Comment icon #12 Posted by Norbert the Powerful 6 years ago
If was writing the article I would definitely reference the Sheila's 'Cloak of the Thief' from Dungeions & Dragons over another Harry Potter reference. Or indeed the "Mantle of Invisibility" as described in the tale Culhwch and Olwen (c. 1100) as one of King Arthur's most prized possessions.[1]
Comment icon #13 Posted by Junior Chubb 6 years ago
Or indeed the "Mantle of Invisibility" as described in the tale Culhwch and Olwen (c. 1100) as one of King Arthur's most prized possessions.[1] Indeed, looks like I have been Trumped
Comment icon #14 Posted by Homer E. Rectus 6 years ago
Aren't microscopic objects already invisible?


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