After Announcement, Angry Mob Descends Upon Campus Demanding Their Jetsons Cars!

jetsons-carFrom Mashable (3/26/13)

The invisibility cloak has long been an idea present mostly in comic books and sci-fi novels — remember the Cloak of Invisibility from J.K. Rowling‘s “Harry Potter” books or the scramble suit from Philip K. Dick‘s “A Scanner Darkly“?

Well, every spy’s dream is now one step closer to reality thanks to the work of researchers from the University of Texas, Austin, which have developed an ultra-thin material called a “metascreen”.

Titled “Demonstration of an ultralow profile cloak for scattering suppression of a finite-length rod in free space,” their research, published in the New Journal of Physics, describes a cloak consisting of 66 µm-thick copper tape and 100 µm-thick flexible polycarbonate film which scatters and cancels out incoming waves.

(Read the entire article.)

What can you say except that science can be really, really cool!

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