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(Sydney Morning Herald)   Scientists succeed in making a paper clip invisible, hope to eventually be able to trade up to making a house in Saskatchewan vanish   (smh.com.au ) divider line
    More: Interesting, Saskatchewan, University of Birmingham, crafts, cloaking devices, naked eye, scientists  
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2011-02-03 09:19:03 AM  
I really don't need paper clips to be any harder to find. Up next, they make your car keys invisible.
 
2011-02-03 11:27:28 AM  
A video would be interesting...
 
2011-02-03 11:40:21 AM  

xanadian: A video would be interesting...


I saw a video on another site.
You couldn't see anything.
 
2011-02-03 11:40:52 AM  
Not amused:
2.bp.blogspot.com

/hot
 
2011-02-03 11:43:03 AM  
F*cking invisibility, how does it work?
 
2011-02-03 11:43:24 AM  
Calcite crystals can be up to 21ft long, so it could be used on a car or a military vehicle.

So military vehicles will be driving around with giant blocks of calcite attached to them? Someone might want to rethink that.
 
2011-02-03 11:51:02 AM  

Kome: F*cking invisibility, how does it work?


Seeing this meme for the thousandth time finally got me to check out the ICP video.

I hope you get eye herpes, and want my 4 minutes back.
 
2011-02-03 12:00:56 PM  
Dunk it in WhiteOut?
 
2011-02-03 12:01:47 PM  
pics or it didn't happen
 
2011-02-03 12:03:33 PM  
I fed my rat calcite crystals.

Waiting for some magic.
 
2011-02-03 12:07:37 PM  
Clippy: "You look like you are trying to make me vani---"
 
2011-02-03 12:27:34 PM  

An Account To Make Comments: Not amused:
2.bp.blogspot.com

/hot


Indeed she is.

/Oh wait...
 
2011-02-03 12:44:49 PM  
This article is worthless without pic oh. Right.
 
2011-02-03 12:45:11 PM  

Joel Blackout: pics or it didn't happen

 
2011-02-03 12:45:51 PM  
I think they just right clicked on it and selected Hide.
 
2011-02-03 01:00:23 PM  
The pic in the article showed everything.
 
2011-02-03 01:02:20 PM  
I had completely forgotten about those events, subby.
 
2011-02-03 01:23:25 PM  
I'll believe it when I see it...
 
2011-02-03 01:24:05 PM  
Here's a pic:

Now if they could just hide Clippy...
 
2011-02-03 01:27:19 PM  
From what I can find out, caclcite crystals are pretty brittle... Just lob a general concussion bomb where you think an invisible vehicle might be and viola! It shows up!
 
2011-02-03 01:30:09 PM  
t1.gstatic.com

Can they make this one disappear?
 
2011-02-03 01:30:16 PM  
new study at the University of Birmingham in the UK has taken a major step forward by making a paper clip invisible

it could be used on a car or a military vehicle.


THIS IS WHY YOU FUND SCIENCE. All that military spending and we wont have invisible cars before a country that spend probably 1/100th what we do.
 
2011-02-03 01:30:34 PM  
"I see what you did there"
 
2011-02-03 01:37:45 PM  
www.colai.org.uk

There are 14 invisible paper clips in this picture. Try to find them all.
 
2011-02-03 01:57:12 PM  
Jesus. The military could wreak some serious havoc with this. It would be one hell of a force multiplier.
 
2011-02-03 02:42:13 PM  
Thank heavens for science and scientists. Boldly going......
 
2011-02-03 03:16:11 PM  
Why was this info published in an article in Nature Communication?

Also, i can make stuff dissapear by putting barrier in front of it as well. Duh.
 
2011-02-03 04:23:16 PM  
So ... subby's penis no visibule now?
 
2011-02-03 04:26:45 PM  
@PartTimeBuddha:

There are plenty of people you can pay to make the penis disappear.
 
2011-02-03 04:55:31 PM  
FTA Dr Shuang Zhang, a physicist and lead investigator on the University of Birmingham team, said: "This is a huge step as, for the first time, the cloaking area is rendered at a size that is big enough for the observer to 'see' the invisible object with the naked eye.


Look at this! It's invisible!


/I know what he means, but the sentence struck me funny anyway.
 
2011-02-03 05:06:08 PM  
Surely an important thing is the physical angle that the paper clip is invisible. If this worked over only a small angle then it seems kind of pointless.
 
2011-02-03 05:29:46 PM  
i147.photobucket.com

Can make pencil sized objects invisible.
 
2011-02-03 05:34:07 PM  

HarpuaMM: There are 14 invisible paper clips in this picture. Try to find them all.


they are in the hands of the ninja in that picture
 
2011-02-03 05:43:27 PM  
You mean Kevin Bacon wasn't really invisible in Hollow Man, lost that $5.
 
2011-02-03 07:58:10 PM  
Dr Shuang Zhang has to be the best doctor name of all time.
 
2011-02-03 10:49:30 PM  

Thrashersk: THIS IS WHY YOU FUND SCIENCE. All that military spending and we wont have invisible cars before a country that spend probably 1/100th what we do.


1. We fund science way better in the US then they do in the UK.
2. The US military spends a shiatload of money on R&D, including fairly basic science and crazy "out there" stuff that none of the other agencies will touch. A lot of it you don't hear about for obvious reasons.
3. There is a huge gap between proof of principle and shiat that really works in the field.
4. I think it would be good if we funded even more science, just pointing out the facts above.
 
2011-02-04 01:57:31 AM  

HarpuaMM: There are 14 invisible paper clips in this picture. Try to find them all.


Easy. The ninja is holding them in his outstretched hand.
 
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