Science Is One Step Closer To Inventing Harry Potter's Invisibility Cloak
Coming to a Madam Malkin's near you.
For anyone who’s ever dreamed of pulling on Harry Potter’s invisibility cloak to escape awkward situations and random ex-boyfriends hiding in club corners, the reports that science is one-step closer to patenting the technology will come as welcome news.
A team of researchers at Northwestern have published a study in Science this month that suggests the world could soon be a place where people can nip out to the shops and spend £40 on becoming invisible. Sort of.
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Researchers are essentially developing a very complicated technology involving DNA strands and actual gold that will hopefully render material invisible. It’s a bit of minefield to wrap our brains around, but let’s just run with the concept for now.
According to Futurism, car-brand Toyota actually patented a “cloaking device” back in 2017 – constructed solely to make the panels on the sides of windshields transparent so drivers have a larger portion of window to see through.
As reported by Bustle, they discovered that using ultra-thin metallic surfaces in their machinery can seemingly ”bend” light and radio-active waves away from the material. Riiiight.
Even so, the new technology scientists are researching at Northwestern is yet to be applied to an actual product, so it might be some time before you can pull on a cloak and nip up to restricted section in the dead of the night.
But hey, this is definitely a step in the right direction.
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