Monday, 14 June 2010

Blacker than black

Soon to be seen in my wardrobe:


The "blacker than black" substance developed by scientists does not occur in nature; nor is it some sort of paint. Rather, it is a "metamaterial": an intricately constructed array of tiny silver wires embedded in aluminium oxide, which does weird things to the light waves that hit it, bending them in odd ways and sending them in unnatural directions.

"Hey, I wonder if the new black makes you look much thinner?" she asks, hopefully.

It's official: the new black is very, very black

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