28/03/2013

Look, An Invisibility Cloak!

Researchers have made an ultra-thin cloak that can make things invisible, just like in the Harry Potter books.

Now all they need to do is remember where they left it...

University of Texas researchers have created the magical cover, which is just 0.15mm thin, out of a new material called metascreen.

Great. Because the one thing that stopped me wearing an invisibility cloak in the past was the thick material. I don't want it to make me look fat. Oh, wait, I don't want it to make me look anything, it's an invisibility cloak!

There is a downside to this invention though, it only works in microwave light. So the only thing I'll be able to sneak up on and see naked is my cooker? Rubbish.

Study co-author Professor Andrea Alu said: "When the scattered fields from the cloak and the object interfere, they cancel each other out and the overall effect is transparency and invisibility at all angles of observation. In principle this technique could also be used to cloak light."

Well here's my advice. Don't bother with the military applications of this Andrea, if you want to make your fortune you get one of those dresses that Kate Winslet wore to make her look thin...


...And replace the black bits with the invisibility material. Trust me, you'll sell millions.

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