The Governor’s New Clothes

A TU scientist is developing a technology to create a real life invisibility cloak.. delighting not only Harry Potter fans the world over but given Rick Perry’s performance in the debate last night, politicians as well.

We aren’t talking any emperor’s new clothes conspiracy theories, this is the real deal.

Here comes the science..

Ali Aliev uses carbon nanotubes–which look like pieces of thread–and then heats them up rapidly until the objects beneath them effectively disappear.

So how do the threads work? In a paper published in Nanotechnology in June, Aliev explains that the invisibility cloak exploits the “mirage effect.” A highway can become so hot that small circles that look like puddles of water appear in the road. That happens when the road is so hot that the surface bends the light around it, so that the driver sees the reflected sky instead of the pavement. The carbon nanotubes create a similar effect.

But for now, Aliev only has the capacity to make tiny sheets from a few threads. Luckily, many other scientists around the world are also working hard on this technology. In England, scientists are working to create temperature-controlled plates to attach to tanks that would make them disappear when viewed through night-vision goggles.

Note: this is all waaaaay too high tech for me so I just copied and pasted the Info.

What would you do with an invisibility cloak? What WOULDN’T you do with an invisibility cloak?

 

sidenote: man puberty was awkward for Daniel Radcliffe.

 

-Katy