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Scientists discover a way to make objects invisible

Metascreen, by the New Journal of Physics

Metascreen, by the New Journal of Physics

Growing up, I used to love watching She-Ra and Wonder Woman cartoons, drawn, even then, to the idea of women being strong and capable of holding their own. I particularly liked Wonder Woman’s invisible plane, and would run around the house imagining I was the pilot, probably sacrificing a lamp or two in the process.

So imagine my reaction when I read about the invisibility cloak that a team of researchers at the University of Texas at Austin have developed. This has got to be one of the most exciting news articles I read today. With this “metascreen”, as they call it, the researchers have managed to make the cylinder in the picture above invisible to microwaves. All with an invisible cloak that’s as thick as a human hair. OK, so it’s not invisible to the human eye, and even if they can make objects invisible, it will only work for micro objects. But still. Imagine the possibilities! In a few years, perhaps James Bond’s vanishing car or Harry Potter’s cloak will be a reality?

Meanwhile, the researchers have a much more prosaic practical take on the new technology. But why bother with such mundane things as anti-stealth technology and non-invasive near-field imaging devices when you could be inventing a vanishing car?

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This entry was posted on March 26, 2013 by in Breakthroughs and tagged , .
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