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Invisibility cloaks?!!?

Discussion in 'Channel Zero' started by Harvey Wallbanger, May 27, 2006.

  1. Harvey Wallbanger

    Harvey Wallbanger Dirty Dozen Crew

    Joined: Oct 13, 2004 Messages: 8,567 Likes Received: 400
    Military Seeks Invisibility Cloak

    Associated Press 16:15 PM May, 25, 2006

    WASHINGTON -- Imagine an invisibility cloak that works just like the one Harry Potter inherited from his father.

    Researchers in England and the United States think they know how to do that. They are laying out the blueprint and calling for help in developing the exotic materials needed to build a cloak.

    The keys are special manmade materials, unlike any in nature or the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. These materials are intended to steer light and other forms of electromagnetic radiation around an object, rendering it as invisible as something tucked into a hole in space.

    "Is it science fiction? Well, it's theory and that already is not science fiction. It's theoretically possible to do all these Harry Potter things, but what's standing in the way is our engineering capabilities," said John Pendry, a physicist at the Imperial College London.

    Details of the study, which Pendry co-wrote, appear in Thursday's online edition of the journal Science.

    Scientists not involved in the work said it presents a solid case for making invisibility an attainable goal.

    "This is very interesting science and a very interesting idea and it is supported on a great mathematical and physical basis," said Nader Engheta, a professor of electrical and systems engineering at the University of Pennsylvania. Engheta has done his own work on invisibility using novel materials called "metamaterials."

    Pendry and his co-authors also propose using metamaterials because they can be tuned to bend electromagnetic radiation -- radio waves and visible light, for example -- in any direction.

    A cloak made of those materials, with a structure designed down to the submicroscopic scale, would neither reflect light nor cast a shadow.

    Instead, like a river streaming around a smooth boulder, light and all other forms of electromagnetic radiation would strike the cloak and simply flow around it, continuing on as if it never bumped up against an obstacle. That would give an onlooker the apparent ability to peer right through the cloak, with everything tucked inside concealed from view.

    "Yes, you could actually make someone invisible as long as someone wears a cloak made of this material," said Patanjali Parimi, a Northeastern University physicist and design engineer at Chelton Microwave in Bolton, Massachusetts. Parimi was not involved in the research.

    Such a cloak does not exist, but early versions that could mask microwaves and other forms of electromagnetic radiation could be as close as 18 months away, Pendry said. He said the study was "an invitation to come and play with these new ideas."

    "We will have a cloak after not too long," he said.

    The Pentagon's Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency supported the research, given the obvious military applications of such stealthy technology.

    While Harry Potter could wear his cloak to skulk around Hogwarts, a real-world version probably would not be something just to be thrown on, Pendry said.

    "To be realistic, it's going to be fairly thick. 'Cloak' is a misnomer. 'Shield' might be more appropriate," he said.
     
  2. ^ . ^

    ^ . ^ Dirty Dozen Crew

    Joined: Aug 13, 2003 Messages: 8,231 Likes Received: 72
    Whenever they perfect this, sans the cancers rays it'll put out, I want one.

    I would soooo punch my coworkers in the face repeatedly.
     
  3. GEEB

    GEEB Senior Member

    Joined: Dec 6, 2004 Messages: 1,803 Likes Received: 43
    pirates vs ninjas vs cloaked-ninja-pirates.















    Oh yea, vs owls.
     
  4. El Jefe Uno

    El Jefe Uno Dirty Dozen Crew

    Joined: Dec 18, 2002 Messages: 2,586 Likes Received: 234
    i need one for teh bombing
     
  5. Harvey Wallbanger

    Harvey Wallbanger Dirty Dozen Crew

    Joined: Oct 13, 2004 Messages: 8,567 Likes Received: 400
    I can't wait to see some idiot in the future get one of these and then get hit by a car or something.
     
  6. AORAone

    AORAone Veteran Member

    Joined: Feb 7, 2003 Messages: 6,460 Likes Received: 32
    no shit. i dont think they would ever be able to sell it to the public, or if they perfected one, let it ever get even semi mass produced. people bitch because cell phone cameras and videos in cells invaide there privacy, this should would absolutly be the end of the world if even one of them got into some fucked up hands.
     
  7. mr.yuck

    mr.yuck Veteran Member

    Joined: May 12, 2000 Messages: 6,952 Likes Received: 6
    panty raaaaaaiiiiiiiiiiidddddddddddddddd.
     
  8. iloveboxcars

    iloveboxcars 12oz Royalty

    Joined: Jul 29, 2002 Messages: 20,505 Likes Received: 441
    this wont be released to the public.

    i wouldnt use one for bombing either. thats cheating.
     
  9. 1/4FareMetrocard

    1/4FareMetrocard 12oz Loyalist

    Joined: Feb 6, 2006 Messages: 12,962 Likes Received: 690
    i would use one to go steal some food and drinks cause im fucking starvingg and thirsty
     
  10. CACashRefund

    CACashRefund 12oz Loyalist

    Joined: Oct 8, 2004 Messages: 14,171 Likes Received: 272
    i was at the safeway parking lot today and i was like "errrrrrray, what it is ladies?"

    and they were like "are you serious?" and they walked off





    stupid sluts.
     
  11. Soup BDC

    Soup BDC Member

    Joined: Apr 7, 2006 Messages: 559 Likes Received: 0
    I can see the newspapers the day after they invent this shit for the military.

    Ceasar Chavez points fingers at us military for almost hurting himself. Chavez' conspiratorial accusation consisted of a 'defecting Venezualian who pushed Ceasar backwards over a kneeling CIA agent wearing an invisble cloak.' Ceasar said his sources came from the Venezualian who said the practical joke was part of his agreement with the US government to help him defect himself and his family to the United States.


    I can't believe it's 5:00 am.
     
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