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The new black is darker than anything except a black hole
07-14-2014, 12:51 PM #1
Octo Mother Superior
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A British company has produced a "strange, alien" material so black that it absorbs all but 0.035 per cent of visual light, setting a new world record. To stare at the "super black" coating made of carbon nanotubes – each 10,000 times thinner than a human hair – is an odd experience. It is so dark that the human eye cannot understand what it is seeing. Shapes and contours are lost, leaving nothing but an apparent abyss.

If it was used to make one of Chanel's little black dresses, the wearer's head and limbs might appear to float incorporeally around a dress-shaped hole.

Actual applications are more serious, enabling astronomical cameras, telescopes and infrared scanning systems to function more effectively. Then there are the military uses that the material's maker, Surrey NanoSystems, is not allowed to discuss.

The nanotube material, named Vantablack, has been grown on sheets of aluminium foil by the Newhaven-based company. While the sheets may be crumpled into miniature hills and valleys, this landscape disappears on areas covered by it.

"You expect to see the hills and all you can see … it's like black, like a hole, like there's nothing there. It just looks so strange," said Ben Jensen, the firm's chief technical officer.

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/scienc...02504.html

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failboat Show this Post
07-14-2014, 01:35 PM #2
failboat Incognito Anonymous
 
could be used in war.
07-14-2014, 02:07 PM #3
Octo Mother Superior
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Ben Jensen, Chief Technology Officer of Surrey NanoSystems, said: 'Vantablack is a major breakthrough by UK industry in the application of nanotechnology to optical instrumentation.

'For example, it reduces stray-light, improving the ability of sensitive telescopes to see the faintest stars, and allows the use of smaller, lighter sources in space-borne black body calibration systems.

'Its ultra-low reflectance improves the sensitivity of terrestrial, space and air-borne instrumentation.'

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/a...-hole.html

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07-14-2014, 02:17 PM #4
JayRodney ⓐⓛⓘⓔⓝ
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The pic obviously does not do it justice. If you pull a color from it, it's hex #070904 with #000000 being black.
Not trying to be an ass hole or anything İmage
Just some helpful photo editing suggestions for dailymail.co.uk coffeetime.gif

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07-14-2014, 02:17 PM #5
Accidental Stoner Member
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And of course those nano-tubes are
perfectly safe, and there's just no way
they will end up inside our bodies, huh..?

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failboat Show this Post
07-15-2014, 12:54 AM #6
failboat Incognito Anonymous
 
(07-14-2014, 02:07 PM)Octo Wrote:  Ben Jensen, Chief Technology Officer of Surrey NanoSystems, said: 'Vantablack is a major breakthrough by UK industry in the application of nanotechnology to optical instrumentation.

'For example, it reduces stray-light, improving the ability of sensitive telescopes to see the faintest stars, and allows the use of smaller, lighter sources in space-borne black body calibration systems.

'Its ultra-low reflectance improves the sensitivity of terrestrial, space and air-borne instrumentation.'

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/a...-hole.html

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yeah but it would be more useful in war. chuckle.gif
07-15-2014, 12:56 AM #7
Octo Mother Superior
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I would make an eye-patch out of it. chuckle.gif
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07-15-2014, 12:59 AM #8
failboat Incognito Anonymous
 
(07-15-2014, 12:56 AM)Octo Wrote:  I would make an eye-patch out of it. chuckle.gif

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07-15-2014, 01:10 AM #9
Octo Mother Superior
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Arrrr... lmao.gif
07-15-2014, 03:26 PM #10
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(07-14-2014, 01:35 PM)failboat Wrote:  could be used in war.

Where most inventions get used… le sigh.

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