Invisibility cloak 'step closer'

ysabel

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Scientists in the US say they are a step closer to developing materials that could render people invisible.

Researchers at the University of California in Berkeley have developed a material that can bend light around 3D objects making them "disappear".
The materials do not occur naturally but have been created on a nano scale, measured in billionths of a metre. The team says the principles could one day be scaled up to make invisibility cloaks large enough to hide people.

Cloak and shadow

"This is a huge step forward, a tremendous achievement," says Professor Ortwin Hess of the Advanced Technology Institute at the University of Surrey. "It's a careful choice of the right materials and the right structuring to get this effect for the first time at these wavelengths."

There could be more immediate applications for the devices in telecommunications, Prof Hess says. What's more, they could be used to make better microscopes, allowing images of far smaller objects than conventional microscopes can see.

And a genuine cloaking effect isn't far around the corner.
"In order to have the 'Harry Potter' effect, you just need to find the right materials for the visible wavelengths," says Prof Hess, "and it's absolutely thrilling to see we're on the right track."

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Amazing! I would then no longer need to cast my disillusionment charm to render something/someone invisible. :lol:

At the same time, it's sort of creepy to know that people could be present and observing you but you can't see because of their invisible cloaks. Stalkerish!
 
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This is one of those proud moments in history we should remember. This! A fantastic advancement. Of course, the military will be all over this... Solid Snake style.
 

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Seriously what if this one day really works to hide people? They could follow you home and sit in your house and watch you.

Sounds like stalkers paradise.. Hopefully it's too expensive for the average person.
 
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Now that I think about it, doesn't the bad far outweigh the good?

Pros:
- Fun & Games
- Defense

Cons:
- Rape
- Murder
- Burglary
- War
- Assault & Battery

Just something to think about.
 

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Too bad modern science isn't held back by questions like that. I mean do you just expect them to cease development? I highly doubt it. We might end up seeing (or not seeing) invisible people within our lifetime.
 
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I would like it if they thought about the consequences before rushing to create such a dangerous thing. That, and created a counter that will visualize the hidden object/person under this material soon after of the creation of this. Either by a high tech camera or other means. Something to help the innocent folk out so they don't get taken advantage of... or worst. >.<;
 

ysabel

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I'm not sure they really look at moral consequences when they do this. Or maybe they do but that doesn't hold much weight compared to the idea of achieving a scientific breakthrough. It's what they live for, I suppose.
 

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I'd hate to find out that these invisibility cloaks will be produced for humans' use, as vilky said they would be used for the worst and the lil people will suffer for it.
 

ysabel

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Seriously what if this one day really works to hide people? They could follow you home and sit in your house and watch you.

Sounds like stalkers paradise.. Hopefully it's too expensive for the average person.

Most likely it will be. I surely hope so. However, the ones who would probably get it for a big scam are so financially well off and can buy these things when commercialised.