Thursday, October 19, 2006

Invisibility Cloak: No Flying Car but Damned Good

I just heard about such technology in the book and podcast called Singularity. To think of it, I think it was mentioned in 7th Son too.

Boy let me tell ya! The news stories are all "a snark" with their Star Trek and Harry Potter jokes. Columbia, SC: Scientists boldly go where only science fiction has been before
(Washington-AP) October 19, 2006 - The Klingons and the Romulans used it against the Enterprise on episodes of "Star Trek." Now, a team of American and British researchers has made a Cloak of Invisibility - sort of.
It's no science fiction: Scientists make invisibility cloak -
By Dan Vergano, USA TODAY
Look out Lord Valdermort — Harry Potter's invisibility cloak just got a little closer to reality, say material scientists who report today on a prototype that hides objects from microwaves.

An era of devices that are effectively invisible and isolated may spring from the prototype, says study senior author David Smith of Duke University in Durham, N. The technology relies on plastic and metal "metamaterials," which have surfaces etched to shape the passage of electromagnetic waves, including visible light frequencies, around objects as if nothing were there.

Electromagnetic waves scatter and reflect when they strike objects. The eye picks up this reflection to see things.
Maybe I can use the invisibility cloak material on my flying car.

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