Didja’ catch the latest news from the science front? Invisibility, it is ours. The Longhorns, they have an invention worthy of Harry Potter. Get a load of this:
It may not be a cape of magical, silvery material, but it’s still an invisibility cloak. A tube made of an insulating material striped with long, thin strips of copper makes objects within it invisible tomicrowaves. Researchers at the University of Texas at Austin reported their cloaking chamber Jan. 25 in the New Journal of Physics.
This newest cloak makes three-dimensional objects invisible without using reflective surfaces or specialized microwave chambers. “We don’t need mirrors, we don’t need waveguides, we just built a cloak with a cover around an object,” said Andrea Alù, an engineer at Texas-Austin who led the research.
In the interest of science, I went on a quick road trip and got my hands on this special gear. Below is a picture of me cloaked in it:
- In the University of Texas Invisibility Cloak
I am strongly considering using this picture as my official Navy photo. Per NAVADMIN 103/07:
MILLINGTON, Tenn. (NNS) — All officers are now required to have a full-length color photograph in their official military file, according to NAVADMIN 103/07 distributed to the fleet April 24.
“We are professionals and demonstrate that every day around the world,” said Vice Adm. John C. Harvey Jr., Chief of Naval Personnel. “Having officer photos back in the records reinforces our commitment to ensuring our leaders display military bearing, and provide an example for those they lead.”
Demonstrated professionalism, military bearing. I think I meet the example, no?
Update: A reader, Greg, sent this great video link on the project. Thanks!