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The technology of cloaking — or making things invisible — advances

The technology of cloaking — or making things invisible — advances

cloaked tubeThe idea of turning invisible could be closer to 'science fact' than 'science fiction'.

Researchers at the University of Texas have for the first time used an invisibility cloak to make a three-dimensional object, an 18-inch tube, to disappear.

One cloaking technique uses so-called meta-materials to redirect light, creating 2-dimensional invisibility; another uses a heat panel to create a mirage effect, bending the light to trick the eye.

The latest advance uses plasmonic meta-materials to cancel all reflected light. No reflection means the object disappears into 3-dimensional invisibility.

For now, the effect works on high frequency wavelengths like microwave wavelengths.  It has not yet been developed to work with the human eye.  The technology might be used on wi-fi, satellite and mobile phone signals so that they pass free of interruption through solid objects.

True invisibility — such as cloaking humans — is a long way off.


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One of the growing crowd of American "nones" herself, Deborah is a prolific writer who finds religion, spirituality and the impact of belief (and non-belief) on culture inspiring, fascinating and at times, disturbing. She hosts the God Discussion show and handles the site's technical work. Her education and background is in business, ecommerce and law.
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