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(The Verge)   How much more black could these carbon nanotubes be? And the answer is none. None more black   (theverge.com) divider line 53
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2014-07-14 06:05:58 PM  
Well, it is reflecting .04% of the light back, so it can be a little more black.
 
2014-07-14 06:08:44 PM  
We get it. They're black.
 
2014-07-14 06:13:28 PM  
It's a black thing I wouldn't understand.
 
2014-07-14 06:18:04 PM  
Are they as black as the heart of Barack Obama?
 
2014-07-14 06:35:08 PM  
content7.flixster.com
 
2014-07-14 07:35:13 PM  
Thus voiding the validity of my I'm Only Wearing Black Until They Make Something Darker t shirt.
 
2014-07-14 07:38:46 PM  
3.bp.blogspot.com
 
2014-07-14 07:38:49 PM  
i.imgur.com

Maybe someone can make some tubes in a slightly darker black.
 
jbc [TotalFark]
2014-07-14 07:40:45 PM  
m.quickmeme.com
 
2014-07-14 07:49:54 PM  
I guess at .04%, it isn't dark enough to make a space ship out of.
 
2014-07-14 08:39:43 PM  
It's the wild colour scheme that freaks me. I mean, when you try an' operate one of these weird black controls which are labelled in black on a black background, a small black light lights up black to tell you you've done it. What is this? Some kind of intergalactic hyper-hearse?
 
2014-07-14 09:01:06 PM  
No, but this thread goes to 11.

i2.photobucket.com
 
2014-07-14 09:12:26 PM  
Do nano tubes have a use yet?
 
2014-07-14 09:17:12 PM  
Blacker than the blackest black times infinity

/the world needs some more good modern metal.
 
2014-07-14 09:23:49 PM  

stuhayes2010: Do nano tubes have a use yet?


None in commercial production yet, but everyone seems happier with them than George Washington Carver with a peanut.
 
2014-07-14 09:26:25 PM  

Sugarbombs: stuhayes2010: Do nano tubes have a use yet?

None in commercial production yet, but everyone seems happier with them than George Washington Carver with a peanut.


I take the "none in production" part back.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carbon_nanotube#Current_applications
 
2014-07-14 09:27:26 PM  
img2.wikia.nocookie.net
 
2014-07-14 09:28:31 PM  
Should have been a HHGttG reference ... or a CB4 reference.

upload.wikimedia.org

thefunniestvideos.com
 
2014-07-14 09:32:15 PM  
None more black

x4.fjcdn.com

/disagrees
 
2014-07-14 09:41:56 PM  
Downright Snipesean.
 
2014-07-14 09:56:37 PM  
So black it makes Flava Flav look like LL Cool J.
 
2014-07-14 10:04:36 PM  
Well, there goes any funding that depended on the House of Representatives.
 
2014-07-14 10:10:08 PM  
I'm exceedingly disappointed that the researchers didn't name it "fuligin", actually.
 
2014-07-14 10:13:12 PM  
Posers.
soultrain.com
 
2014-07-14 10:21:16 PM  
Jesus, it's like gazing into the freaking abyss looking at that picture...
 
2014-07-14 10:29:58 PM  
Not as dark as my first wife's heart.

/oblig
 
2014-07-14 10:33:25 PM  
Darker than a black steer's tuchus on a moonless prarie night

/there was no bottom
 
2014-07-14 10:35:52 PM  
Yo dawg, I heard you like black....
 
2014-07-14 11:02:23 PM  
stefanbc.files.wordpress.com

Samuel L. Jackson is the Chuck Norris of black.
 
2014-07-14 11:03:43 PM  
media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com
 
2014-07-14 11:22:22 PM  

"Sorry for starting a fight in the middle of your Black Panther Party."

thefilmspectrum.com
 
2014-07-14 11:53:12 PM  
Will we get some kind of Xbox achievement if we invent something that's 100% black or something?
 
2014-07-15 12:01:52 AM  

haemaker: Well, it is reflecting .04% of the light back, so it can be a little more black.


So, if it is ever 100% black, and no light is reflected back, have you created a black hole?
 
2014-07-15 01:05:47 AM  
If they don't call this new colour Hot Black there is something wrong with the world.
 
2014-07-15 01:09:45 AM  

iaazathot: So, if it is ever 100% black, and no light is reflected back, have you created a black hole?


Short answer, no.  Long answer, no.
 
2014-07-15 02:01:19 AM  

iaazathot: haemaker: Well, it is reflecting .04% of the light back, so it can be a little more black.

So, if it is ever 100% black, and no light is reflected back, have you created a black hole?


If it reflects no light, it still emits blackbody radiation based on its temperature.

That's about the least significant reason that it isn't a black hole, but still there you are.
 
2014-07-15 02:03:02 AM  
BK-201
 
2014-07-15 02:29:26 AM  

stuhayes2010: Do nano tubes have a use yet?


Black printer ink. That's why the stuff is so expensive.
 
2014-07-15 03:12:03 AM  
What frequency of light does it reflect/absorb.  If it is just the visible spectrum, then it would be "totally" black, but if it is reflecting infra-red or ultra-violet, then it would be visible to Predators.
 
2014-07-15 03:47:41 AM  

Ghastly: If they don't call this new colour Hot Black there is something wrong with the world.



Fun fact: the character was named after an estate agency in north London.
www.jwade.co.uk
 
2014-07-15 04:01:48 AM  

Sugarbombs: Sugarbombs: stuhayes2010: Do nano tubes have a use yet?

None in commercial production yet, but everyone seems happier with them than George Washington Carver with a peanut.

I take the "none in production" part back.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carbon_nanotube#Current_applications


The main problem really is scaling it up. It'll get better over time.
/Remember lasers could only be made with expensive lab equipment.
//Now we use them to tease animals.
///And blind pilots because we're idiots.
 
2014-07-15 04:23:15 AM  
img.fark.net

Blacker than the blackest black, times infinity!
 
2014-07-15 04:24:57 AM  

Aezetyr: Blacker than the blackest black times infinity

/the world needs some more good modern metal.


Damn. Sorry I didn't quote you there, Aezetyr.
 
2014-07-15 06:13:03 AM  

Iczer: Jesus, it's like gazing into the freaking abyss looking at that picture...


Loading it up in a paint program, each of the RGB color values for the black circle appear to be random between 3 and 12 and appears to be very dark shades of greens and yellows.  Just barely enough to be distinguishable from pure black.  Of course, it's a jpg so no telling what compression has done to it.
 
2014-07-15 06:32:05 AM  

LrdPhoenix: Iczer: Jesus, it's like gazing into the freaking abyss looking at that picture...

Loading it up in a paint program, each of the RGB color values for the black circle appear to be random between 3 and 12 and appears to be very dark shades of greens and yellows.  Just barely enough to be distinguishable from pure black.  Of course, it's a jpg so no telling what compression has done to it.


Dont forget contrast range of capture
 
2014-07-15 08:29:59 AM  

danhauser: Aezetyr: Blacker than the blackest black times infinity

/the world needs some more good modern metal.

Damn. Sorry I didn't quote you there, Aezetyr.


No worries there. Great minds think alike, eh?
 
2014-07-15 08:35:11 AM  

iaazathot: So, if it is ever 100% black, and no light is reflected back, have you created a black hole?


Different phenomena. A black hole isn't black because of absorption, but because of gravity: light moves too slowly to get more than a certain distance away, once it's gone inside that distance. That distance is called the event horizon, and this is what we see as the "edge" of the hole, even though it's actually some distance away from the singularity at its core. The actual object could reflect or even emit light, but even if it does, that light can't get beyond the event horizon anyway, so it still looks black. Even out to some distance beyond the event horizon, a black hole's gravity is so strong that it can still bend light toward it: this light still gets away in the end, but it has been bent, like it went through a lens. This is called gravitational lensing, and it is responsible for (among other things) the ring of light that you see around some depictions of black holes.

This stuff is different. It can't bend light that gets close to it, like a black hole can: it can only absorb light that actually hits it. It does a very, very good job of that -much better than typical "black" materials- but it's not destroying or trapping information the way a black hole does.
 
2014-07-15 08:54:42 AM  

Sugarbombs: Sugarbombs: stuhayes2010: Do nano tubes have a use yet?

None in commercial production yet, but everyone seems happier with them than George Washington Carver with a peanut.

I take the "none in production" part back.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carbon_nanotube#Current_applications


You can actually buy them in reasonably large quantities from places like Sigma Aldrich.  They can be incredibly expensive, though.  Still a pain to synthesize.  I did some research on the use of nanotubes (graphene, actually) as a filler material in plastic composites in college.  Has a lot of potential.
 
2014-07-15 09:23:27 AM  

DON.MAC: I guess at .04%, it isn't dark enough to make a space ship out of.


Too much friction too.
 
2014-07-15 09:48:00 AM  

lindseyp: It's the wild colour scheme that freaks me. I mean, when you try an' operate one of these weird black controls which are labelled in black on a black background, a small black light lights up black to tell you you've done it. What is this? Some kind of intergalactic hyper-hearse?


I might have to go re-listen to that audio book - it rocked.
 
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