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Invisibility Cloak a Reality

Holy Harry Potter Come to Life! Invisibility Cloak a Reality?

Good news for all you sad Muggles wandering around all visible and everything — scientists say that they're a step closer to developing the technology that will give the power to make things and people (!) invisible. Researchers have demonstrated that they're now able to use artificially engineered materials that redirect light around three-dimensional objects, making them disappear into thin air, Harry Potter-style.

OK, it's not magic — the reason we can see objects is because they scatter the light that hits them, beaming some of it back to the eye. This cloaking technique uses materials, called metamaterials, to deflect light around an object, like a rock parting water flowing in a stream.

Though researchers are excited by the military implications of having the power of invisibility, the rest of us can feel free to come up with various (more important?) scenarios where we could apply this technology. Where would you want to be invisible?

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darlene darlene 9 years
I'm with Pinky23
hypnoticmix hypnoticmix 9 years
LOL! Speaking of invisible when I was 15 I was in a haunted house (no not a real one) and there was an area that was prety pitch black you hade to feel your way through, lol, and my hands (both of them) planted dead on..on some poor womens breasts. I think I was about as disturbed as she was to tell you the truth.
UnDave35 UnDave35 9 years
Do you know how many teenage boys would use this to "visit" the girls locker room? I would so be there..... JK
Nyrina-Windu Nyrina-Windu 9 years
Wow, this would be great for law enforcement, and great on Holloween for everyone else.
hypnoticmix hypnoticmix 9 years
LOL! yeah we'd be dangerous with our cloaks stephley. There are just some people that stun me with their sex appeal and in David Beckham's case it's the humility which he displays in interviews that does it for me.
Jude-C Jude-C 9 years
stephley stephley 9 years
golly hypno, when you think about it, if these things became relatively easy to get Beckham and George Clooney would be tripping over phantoms in their bedrooms all the time - and Brangelina would be trying to figure out why their bed was sooo crowded.
stephley stephley 9 years
I think I'd want to use to sneak into things like Cabinet meetings, to see how matters really are decided. And to cover my inability to improve matters with make-up.
Jillness Jillness 9 years
Hypno! You are so funny! "the reason we can see objects is because they scatter the light that hits them, beaming some of it back to the eye" This theory applies to make up application as well. ;) By manipulating highlight and shadow, you can make the "canvas" appear to have a completely different plane than it really does.
hypnoticmix hypnoticmix 9 years
I would be invisible in David Beckhams underwear drawer.
Michelann Michelann 9 years
I'm pretty sure the most likely application of this technology would be for the Military. They'd probably be the only ones who could afford it anyway. Other than that, it might be useful for law enforcement too.
Jude-C Jude-C 9 years
I think I'd mostly abuse its power to scare the crap out of people, really.
fleurfairy fleurfairy 9 years
Wasn't the Invisibility Cloak one of the Deathly Hallows? In other words, it's purpose could be abused if in the wrong hands. This is a little frightening.
pinky23 pinky23 9 years
wow, this is equally amazing and spooky. i just see people abusing this science for stealing scaring people. :(
em1282 em1282 9 years
Oh my God, this would be awesome. I'd use it to see if people were really telling the truth, which would have helped with some people I've dated in the past...
popgoestheworld popgoestheworld 9 years
Holy cow. That is pretty cool. I can't really think of a non-criminal application for this! Maybe to scare the living daylights out of people just for fun?
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