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Archive for October 2007

British working on invisible tank

According to the Daily Mail, the Royal Army has made a tank disappear, by the clever expedient of projecting images of the surrounding landscape onto its surface.

A soldier who got to observe for himself reports:

“This technology is incredible. If I hadn’t been present I wouldn’t have believed it. I looked across the fields and just saw grass and trees — but in reality I was staring down the barrel of a tank gun.”

How this will work out in an actual combat situation is unclear, but it’s a start.

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A crook to watch out for

Fox TV is looking toward a possible series about a career criminal with the power of invisibility: they’ve given a script commitment, working title Invisible (how unusual!), with McG (Supernatural) to produce. The script is by Ari Eisner, last seen on The Tick and several spoof trailers.

This could be interesting, if only because the focus will almost inevitably be on the bad guy.

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Cloaking device engaged

And it doesn’t require the technical assistance of the Romulan Empire, either. From New Scientist:

The world’s first true invisibility cloak — a device able to hide an object in the visible spectrum — has been created by physicists in the US. But don’t expect it to compete with stage magic tricks. So far it only works in two dimensions and on a tiny scale.

The new cloak, which is just 10 micrometres in diameter, guides rays of light around an object inside and releases them on the other side. The light waves appear to have moved in a straight line, so the cloak — and any object inside — appear invisible.

The cloak was built by a team led by Igor Smolyaninov at the University of Maryland, and borrows some ideas from the first theoretical design for an invisibility cloak, published by Vladimir Shalaev from Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana, US, earlier this year.

The phrase that pays, as they used to say, is “It’s just a matter of time.”

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