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'Invisibility beam' technology proposed

Posted on Saturday, 8 July, 2006 | Comment icon 7 comments

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"It sounds like magic: walls, curtains, even dresses could be rendered transparent by bathing them in a specially crafted beam of light."

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Comment icon #1 Posted by Shuriken on 8 July, 2006, 16:15
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.
Comment icon #2 Posted by Karma_burna on 9 July, 2006, 17:47
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.
Comment icon #3 Posted by Karma_burna on 9 July, 2006, 17:49
btw, the guy on the left in the article picture looks like the guy from 24.
Comment icon #4 Posted by RamboIII on 10 July, 2006, 4:05
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. Hopefu... [More]
Comment icon #5 Posted by ai_guardian on 10 July, 2006, 4:51
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.
Comment icon #6 Posted by UniversalAbsurdity on 10 July, 2006, 9:10
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
Comment icon #7 Posted by Brian McMalley on 10 July, 2006, 20:31
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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