Researchers develop cloaking device – for real!

Researchers develop cloaking device – for real! September 28, 2014

Whenever I’m asked what super power I wish I had, flying and invisibility are usually at the top of the list. The ability to just leap into the air and soar like a bird satisfies a deep desire for total freedom.

But invisibility? Now that’s real freedom.  To be in a room and be able enjoy what’s going on without having to actually participate – or feel like I’m the obvious wallflower – would certainly appeal to introverts like me.

Turns out that might not be such a crazy thought. Right here in my hometown of Rochester, NY, researchers at the University of Rochester have developed a cloaking device of sorts. Using lenses they already had in the lab, the simply found a way to bend light around small object.

Ta da! Invisible! The universe is truly a spectacular place.

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