Scientists have created a material so dark that it can't be processed by the human eye

Shawn Knight

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Carbon nanotubes are often touted as one of the potential successors to modern-day silicon but apparently that's not the only thing they excel at. A British company by the name of Surrey NanoSystems has created a "strange, alien" material using carbon...

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davislane1

I suspect the ultra lux car manufacturers are hard at work figuring out how to makes this into a bespoke paint option.
 

Jad Chaar

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This is HUGE! Imagine the applications on solar cells. Absorbing all that visible light can be key to improving efficiencies. Silicon can only absorb the visible light range so fully absorbing it could easily double the efficiencies... I wonder how much it costs to use/purchase.
 
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I'm sure as the first thing they are going to make super stealth military jets and drones that are practically invisible to the naked eye
 
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I want contact lenses made out of this that also covers the whites and let the hilarity ensue.
 

Skidmarksdeluxe

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I'd like an outfit made of this then I wouldn't have to worry about meeting that dreaded stranger in a dark alley at night. All he would be able see will be the whites of my eyes floating about in the dark like you see in the cartoons and he'll be the one making himself scarce.
 

misor

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Wow at this 'optic black hole'.

This aint nothin...Years ago a material was made that was darker than this. It was referred to as my ex-wife's heart.
:) + hahaha!

There are also potential uses for the military although the company said they were not allowed to discuss such matters.
I call this statement BS. the creators of this darker than black material just want to be scooped by the highest military bidder.
even the top secret radar-invisible paints used in current generation stealth fighters are discussed or mentioned in military articles.
 
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davislane1

Wow at this 'optic black hole'.

This aint nothin...Years ago a material was made that was darker than this. It was referred to as my ex-wife's heart.
:) + hahaha!

There are also potential uses for the military although the company said they were not allowed to discuss such matters.
I call this statement BS. the creators of this darker than black material just want to be scooped by the highest military bidder.
even the top secret radar-invisible paints used in current generation stealth fighters are discussed or mentioned in military articles.

Cutting-edge military tech is never discussed. The only time "current gen" tech is openly discussed is after several years of development and/or deployment.

Sources: my father (who was in the Air Force), retired military officers I've spoken to
 

VitalyT

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I'd like an outfit made of this then I wouldn't have to worry about meeting that dreaded stranger in a dark alley at night. All he would be able see will be the whites of my eyes floating about in the dark like you see in the cartoons and he'll be the one making himself scarce.
I'd like an outfit made of this then I wouldn't have to worry about meeting that dreaded stranger in a dark alley at night. All he would be able see will be the whites of my eyes floating about in the dark

Or, just a thought, hide the eyes, just hang out your ballz phosphorred ;)
 
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This wouldn't be able to be used at night, for the simple reason that it is darker than the night itself due to ambient light. It would be easily discernible in the night sky. That's why night camouflage is normally dark blue instead of black.
 

Hexic

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Wow at this 'optic black hole'.

This aint nothin...Years ago a material was made that was darker than this. It was referred to as my ex-wife's heart.
:) + hahaha!

There are also potential uses for the military although the company said they were not allowed to discuss such matters.
I call this statement BS. the creators of this darker than black material just want to be scooped by the highest military bidder.
even the top secret radar-invisible paints used in current generation stealth fighters are discussed or mentioned in military articles.

Cutting-edge military tech is never discussed. The only time "current gen" tech is openly discussed is after several years of development and/or deployment.

Sources: my father (who was in the Air Force), retired military officers I've spoken to

This is correct. The only time the civilian population hears about 'cunning edge' military technology is years (on average, about ten years) after it's already been developed, or if it's been leaked. And leaking tech such as this is very rare, and the penalties are severe. My father has also worked for the top defense contractors in the U.S., and he's said that exact statement since the mid 90's.. the civvies have no clue what is being developed current day.
 
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It can't be used to make stealth vehicles (not to be used in daylight). But you can make night camouflage out of it, as in the night time, you wont see anything, not even it's shape, while in the day, you would see dark vortexes.
 
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Automakers are always trying to hide the shapes of their new cars. This would be a perfect cover.
 

cliffordcooley

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This would make a good Death costume for Halloween.
I was just thinking how awesome it would be to walk through a maze with this material hiding all the contours of the walls, entrances, and exits. Would you think you were walking through a pitch black house, in the broad open sun?