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A new exhibition in New York turns a sparkling yellow diamond (left) into a veritable black hole (right) thanks to the blackest material ever created.
This time the scientists are doing the heavy lifting. Working with artist Diemut Strebe, a team of researchers from MIT covered the shimmering yellow diamond in a newly discovered type of carbon nanotube coating that turns 3D objects into black, almost 100% light-free voids.
According to the researchers, who described the coating in a study published Sept. 12 in the journal ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, this newfound nanotube structure is the blackest of black materials ever created, absorbing more than 99.996% of any light that touches it.
Cui and colleagues compared the reflectiveness of their new coating with other light-devouring nanostructures, including the previous record holder for darkness, Vantablack. While the differences between the various nanostructures are negligible to human eyes, the researchers found that their coating was indeed blacker than every other black they tested, no matter the angle at which light hit the coating.
i never thought about some one owning a color before
Anish Kapoor Owns the Rights to the Blackest Color Ever Made. So Another Artist Made His Own Superblack—and Now It’s Even Blacker Anyone is allowed to use Stuart Semple's new Black 3.0—except Kapoor.
so i guess the hard to see aspect was a feature not a bug
Granted, there’s probably a pinch of hyperbole attached to that claim. That’s often the case when someone haphazardly throws superlatives around. But, best I can tell, there’s nothing haphazard about the Vantablack VBx2 coating. The color, according to BMW, was created as an alternative to all the swirly camouflage wraps we often see on prototypes. The goal, also according to BMW, is to create a cover to make the company’s future prototype vehicles — the same ones we see on the road and the subjects of all the spy photos we take and receive — impossible to discern.
originally posted by: TEOTWAWKIAIFF
a reply to: charlyv
I think that it might be stereo optic vision where our eyes slightly shift back and forth to see depth. The brain filters the shifting out of your observation (unless you ingest some kind of hallucinogenic drug that makes you aware of this filter). Since there’s no surface for your normal experience to track, your brain “helps” you overlook meaningless data.
Your eyes are only the apertures. The brain does the interpretation. And it is all based on what you have experienced before. Which is why UFOs are such a problem.
It is like trying to explain to someone that you love your mom.