8 Amazing Uses For Metamaterials, the Tech Behind Invisibility Cloaks

Metamaterials are a mind-bending class of matter. Broadly defined as manmade materials with unusual properties not found in nature, this category of materials is probably most famous for serving as the building blocks for a Harry Potter-style invisibility cloak. But so much more is possible. » 8/08/13 9:00am 8/08/13 9:00am

Scientists Thwart the Invisibility Cloak (Again)

Invisibility cloaks don't even exist (unless you're Liu Bolin), yet scientists keep trying to ruin the fun. C'mon, guys. Wouldn't it be more enjoyable to figure out the awesome uses for one instead of trying to get us all caught? » 12/05/09 8:00pm 12/05/09 8:00pm

The Anti-Invisibility Cloak Discovered, NOOOOOOOOOOO!

Why God, why? Just as Man was on the cusp » 9/03/08 11:30am 9/03/08 11:30am of a real-life invisibility cloak—otherwise known as the gateway to the secrets of international government and the girl's locker room—some stupid-head Chinese scientists have already learned to thwart it. The theoretical "anti-cloak" would be a piece of material with identical…

Japanese Men Perfect the Cloak of Invisibility Much to Japanese Women's …

Japan's been tooling around with versions of invisibility cloaks for years now, but they seem to have finally perfected it. Theoretically. By using "left-handed metamaterials" to make electromagnetic control devices, researchers can generate lenses that either reflect no light or have a perfect focal point—the end result … » 4/18/08 5:00pm 4/18/08 5:00pm