Saturday, May 27, 2006

Want to be invisible?

Ever since I was a little kid I wished I could make myself invisible. Then along came Star Trek and brought that fantasy to the television screen. How cool it would be to be able to walk around without anyone seeing you! Think of all the things you could do and conversations you could eavesdrop on! We have seen many things first on Star Trek that are now devices used in the world today, such as cell phones, microwave ovens, computers, scanners, and so forth. Now comes the "invisibility cloak'! I want one!

By Maggie Fox, Health and Science Correspondent
Thu May 25, 3:38 PM ET

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - New materials that can change the way light and other forms of radiation bend around an object may provide a way to make objects invisible, researchers said on Thursday.

Two separate teams of researchers have come up with theories on ways to use experimental "metamaterials" to cloak an object and hide it from visible light, infrared light, microwaves and perhaps even sonar probes.

Their work suggests that science-fiction portrayals of invisibility, such as the cloaking devices used to hide space ships in Star Trek, might be truly possible.



Stardust said...

Of course some people will take something cool and use it for something robbery, theft, and other crimes...and warmongers will definitely use it in for their military purposes.

MichaelBains said...

I'm so glad you posted on this!

I've read several different science fiction scenarios where the author, always some kind of physicist, explains how real this technology will be. And now . . . voila!