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Move Over, Harry Potter! Researchers Are Developing an Invisibility Cloak

Posted by blatantbibliophiles on August 10, 2008

Scientists at the University of California at Berkeley, funded by the United States military, have developed a new material that can bend light around objects, making them virtually invisible. The scientific breakthrough could make not only humans, but almost anything, including tanks and ships, disappear. The technology is still years away from realization, but it is still exciting! It is based on earlier research with microwaves at Imperial College London. The research by both groups is based on the theory an object can be hidden by bending light around it. The lead researcher, Xiang Zhang, said: β€œIn the case of invisibility cloaks or shields, the material would need to curve light waves completely around the object like a river flowing around a rock.” Someone who looked at the cloaked object would only see light from behind it β€” making the object seem to disappear. For more information about the invisibility cloak, you can read an article at FoxNews.

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