Since the Harry Potter books first hit bookshelves, the world has been getting little pieces of J.K. Rowling’s universe. Universal Studios allows you to explore Diagon Alley, you can make your own butterbeer at home, and maybe, in your lifetime, you can experience a working invisibility cloak.
We would all love to own an invisibility cloak. But new research suggests that if they do ever exist they won’t be perfect: They’ll be more like Predator, less like Harry Potter.
Scientists now have a way to cloak something very small, making it effectively invisible. But what if scientists and engineers created a much larger version? What if we all had access to invisibility cloaks?
If you’re a non-magical being, you might think your chances of becoming invisible are slim to nil. But don’t jump to conclusions just yet: Researchers are now claiming to have developed a portable system that can make small objects, like your keys or pet lizard, disappear from sight.
AVG is a name well-known in the Windows world for its decent and free anti-virus software, but the company is apparently looking to expand outside of just software and protect people's privacy in the real world now. At Mobile World Congress, AVG is demoing a concept pair of glasses that both foil facial recognition…
Invisibility is perhaps the most ubiquitous of sci-fi dreams: Spy movies, video games, and classic cartoons all tantalize us with this trick. Researchers at the University of Rochester still haven't unlocked the secret to that elusive invisibility cloak either, I'm afraid. But they made a very cool optical illusion…
Sleepy Hollow casts its Ben Franklin as a recurring character. There will be a time jump between seasons 1 and 2 of The Tomorrow People. And Gotham gets a series order. Plus, new looks at Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and Rosemary's Baby. Spoilers now!
Humans have always dreamed about being invisible, especially the military, who have been trying to get the perfect camouflage since the beginning of war. This is the story of that quest and a look at where we are headed.
The South Korean government has granted approval to begin construction on what will be the world's first "invisible" tower. Called the Infinity Tower, it will be equipped with an LED facade system and optical cameras to give it a reflective skin — and a striking translucent appearance.
You know what the futurists are always saying: Time cloaks are so cool but they're so complicated. And it's true! What were you expecting from a device that literally hides moments in time? A Northwestern mathematician has just shown, though, it doesn't have to be quite so hard after all.
Time cloaks are so much cooler than invisibility cloaks because they use freaking time to hide things, not silly dumb vision tricks. This new method of using a time cloak is the first that can cloak data at rapid rates. It might change security altogether.
The last time Keio University was in the news it was for a prototype wearable cloaking device developed by a team of researchers at the school. A decade later you still can't go out and buy one, but the research has inspired another brilliant use for the technology—invisible car interiors that let you see everything…
Mercedes claims that its new fuel cell technology results in vehicles with no emissions, so it's as if they're invisible to the environment. And to drive this fact home, literally, they created a vehicle that was invisible to everything else.
Hiding behind a life-sized negative of yourself won't actually turn you invisible. But researchers at the University of Texas at Austin have figured out how to use that same idea to make real-world objects vanish when shot with microwave energy.
Squids and octopi are mesmerizing creatures when you can get a look at them. But that's not so easy thanks to their magical invisibility and camouflage powers.
Over the last few decades, cloaking devices have come closer and closer to becoming reality. Scientists have masked objects from the human eye using various metamaterials. They've created sonic invisibility barriers. They've even masked heat. And now they may be able to cloak a magnetic field, too.
While it only works on night scenarios, BAE's Adaptiv technology holy-fuck-Batman demonstration has left me dumbfounded. It can make a tank, helicopter or a battleship fully invisible at night. Or disguise them as any other vehicle.
A functional invisibility cloak is one of those things that physicists keep chasing, and every six months or so we see an update that brings us one step closer to being able to sneak around without being seen. Today's major breakthrough comes from an undergraduate student at the University of St Andrews who figured…
Within the tight confines of a fiber-optic cable, some researchers at Cornell have managed to create an invisible flash of light. It's invisible not because the flash is manipulated to be hidden, but because the stretch of time during which it happened is erased by the time the flash gets to the other end of the…