6 Supermaterials That Could Change Our World 

Graphene isn't the only game-changing material to come out of a lab. From aerogels nearly as light as air to metamaterials that manipulate light, here are six supermaterials that have the potential to transform the world of the future. » 1/30/15 3:00pm 1/30/15 3:00pm

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

What Is This?

Cylon raider? A new Tron vehicle that we'll see in an upcoming director's cut? Definitive proof that we are not alone? Actually, it's none of those things, but the dead silence it produces is amazing anyway. » 7/03/11 4:00pm 7/03/11 4:00pm

That Invisible Cloak is Still Being Worked On, Still Edging Closer to…

Your pervy, Harry Potter-fueled dreams are edging closer to reality, now British scientists have used metamaterials to bend light in a different manner to previous attempts. Now, it works with a greater range of colors. » 11/04/10 5:00am 11/04/10 5:00am

Thin Latex Metamaterials Are the Noise Cancelling Tech of the Future

If you want peace and quiet, current technologies require a compromise: settle for thick, unsightly foam or use thinner panels that don't block bass. A new technology developed in Hong Kong, however, is both super thin and super effective. » 2/27/10 9:24am 2/27/10 9:24am

Universal Mirror: Imagine the Exact Opposite of an Invisibility Cloak

No, the opposite of an invisibility cloak isn't a normal jacket, smartass. This universal mirror uses metamaterials to bounce light back at the same angle from which it came, so no matter where you stand, you can see yourself perfectly. » 7/18/09 1:45pm 7/18/09 1:45pm

Scientist Designs Nanoparticle Optics That Self-Assemble

Nanoparticles that self-assemble into complex optical structures sounds like an early ingredient in a future Robot Uprising recipe, but the science team at University of California, Berkeley thinks they'll be useful for nicely tame things. The self-assembly of the nanoparticle silver crystals can be controlled to… » 11/05/08 10:10am 11/05/08 10:10am

U.S. Scientists Take Big Step Toward Creating True Invisibility Cloak

University of California scientists today announced that significant progress has been made toward developing "metamaterials" for use in a legitimate invisibility cloak. The researchers, led by mad scientist Xiang Zhang, were able to demonstrate for the first time that they could cloak 3D objects with these materials.… » 8/10/08 8:00pm 8/10/08 8:00pm