It looks like you're using an Ad Blocker.
Please white-list or disable AboveTopSecret.com in your ad-blocking tool.
Some features of ATS will be disabled while you continue to use an ad-blocker.
We write a lot about invisibility cloaks 'round these parts. Ever wanted to see one in action? Well, here's your chance, courtesy the researchers over at the University of Texas at Dallas. In trying to wrap your head around how this works, think about a mirage.
The sheet you see up there is made up of molecule-thick carbon nanotubes, which heat up quick and a bunch of them can transfer said heat across a surface fast.
That's important, because heat is a key component in creating a mirage, or more specifically a photothermal deflection, which is what you're seeing here.
A good ol' fashioned mirage like you see out in the desert is actually an optical trick that can be captured on film. It's all about temperature differential: light is turning as it passes over a desert surface, and through denser, colder air into warm air.
That phantom water you see is actually a reflection of the sky through the bending light, and your mind trying to make sense of what's really there. If there was something really there, like, say, a shrub, you wouldn't see it.
Originally posted by famalhut
At least 3 topics about this same video have allready been started. Are they invisible too?