Nov 13th 2009 By Emerald Catron
Invisible, cloaked, whatever you wanna call it, it's totally sweet -- and almost here. Even if it takes more than the $8.1 million grant researchers have been given, it's going to be so worth it when we can finally make a plate of nachos float through the air seemingly on their own. That is what those scientists are planning to do with the invisibility technology
they're working on, right?
The Imperial College of London and the University of Southampton have been awarded a £4.9 million grant from the Leverhulme Trust to further research "metamaterials
" that could hopefully bend light away as it reflects from the surface, tricking the human eye into believing an item made of metamaterials is not there. To create the materials, scientists have to alter the structure of an already existing material using complex nanopatterns. In other words, eerily floating chess pieces for everyone!
Scientists think these metamaterials could be used to create a "perfect lens" microscope that could see particles smaller than the light waves looking at it. Hopefully this doesn't mean they're underestimating the value of walking through the video store naked.