Army of Blackness

The Army is looking for the blackest of black. A color so dark it is nearly reflective. Try this:

Black Army

No need to thank me. Wired magazine gives you the details here:

Another curious thing is that the program is being run out of the Army’s Program Executive Office Ammunition at the Picatinny Arsenal, a main center for the Pentagon’s experiments in all sorts of weapons: from rifles and tank cannons to directed-energy weapons. But the purpose of the solicitation isn’t much more specific than described. “Simply put, it’s too early yet to speculate on where the technology(s) will go,” Frank Misurelli, an Army spokesman at Picatinny said in a statement provided to Danger Room. ”Possibly in a few months, after an contract has been awarded, more information may become available. . .”

The Army could go another route. A second option uncovered by Britain’s National Physical Laboratory involves immersing an object in a solution of nickel and sodium for several hours, which blackens the color, and then taking it out and dunking it in nitric acid for a few seconds. According to New Scientist, this creates an alloy pock-marked with tiny microscopic craters that prevent light from bouncing away.

Do I see a song for this?

7 thoughts on “Army of Blackness

  1. Brilliant, N1. Black, black, back to black, AC/DC black on white, fade to black. Synchronisity. Your synapses are firing for effect. Merry Christmas, Navy. (Crisp hand salute!)

    • Hand salute right back at you, Shipmate! (Not to brag, but I ordered a couple of extra synapses for Christmas this year, bringing my total number up to 7.) Merry Christmas!

  2. Gives true meaning to ‘covert’ operations…doesn’t it?? That ‘cloak of invisibility’ thing seems to be vitally important now… kind of fascinating, really…..k

  3. Black like that is usually needed on the inside of some optical scopes and night vision devices.
    Wonder what the Arsenal is working on.

  4. As an artist, I rarely use black paint. Instead, I mix my own black using other colors such as Prussian Blue, Burnt Sienna, and Alizarin Crimson. So, when I called a friend about painting some furniture black, I asked her “if she used black to paint black.” She thought I had lost my mind. But black paint is very dull. Using other colors is much more interesting.

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