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April 27, 2017

Vantablack

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This object has been sprayed with the world's blackest material, and it's freaking us out - If you're not familiar with Vantablack, it was invented by British researchers back in 2014, and soon after, it was declared the darkest material ever produced in the lab, capable of absorbing 99.96 percent of ultraviolet, visible, and infrared light.

Since then, the team behind the invention - from Surrey NanoSystems - has upped its blackness, and in early 2016, announced that no spectrometer in the world was powerful enough to measure how much light it absorbs.

"Even running a high power laser pointer across it barely reflects anything back to the viewer," the researchers explain in a YouTube video. "We have never before made a material so 'black' that it can't be picked up on our spectrometers in the infrared."

Posted by gerardvanderleun at April 27, 2017 11:48 PM. This is an entry on the sideblog of American Digest: Check it out.

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why?

Posted by: Alex G at April 28, 2017 5:52 AM

Ninja's be happy.

Posted by: Casey Klahn at April 28, 2017 6:49 AM

Still not as black as the Liberal mind which has never absorbed enlightenment

Posted by: eclectic kelvin at April 28, 2017 7:36 AM

So a laser targeting device would be useless?

Posted by: Mikey NTH at April 28, 2017 7:47 AM

Where is the impinging radiation going to, or being converted to, or has it disappeared from the universe? Is any refected energy beyond the range of detectors?
Black lies matter as does its energy.

Posted by: Howard Nelson at April 28, 2017 8:11 AM

Is it as black as Hillary's heart?

Posted by: azlibertarian [TypeKey Profile Page] at April 28, 2017 8:46 AM

Harry. iiuic, the light is being absorbed. It's another way of saying not reflected. I guess your question still stands. There are things about light and color that are, at present, an enigma, aren't there?

Posted by: Casey Klahn at April 28, 2017 8:57 AM

Howard - It's going to the same place welfare money goes to in a vibrant community, i.e. down the toilet.

Posted by: billH at April 28, 2017 9:24 AM

Spy vs Spy

Posted by: ghostsniper at April 28, 2017 10:17 AM

Does this make it invisible to radar? My car needs a paint job....

Posted by: Eskyman at April 28, 2017 11:38 AM

That's black y'all. That's blackety blackety black!

Posted by: The Osprey at May 2, 2017 6:06 PM

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