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Today a paper clip, tomorrow a fashion model

Well, okay, not tomorrow, as in “the day after today,” but apparently they’ve made a heck of a start:

In the past, researchers have only been able to “cloak” microscopic objects using extremely complicated physics and so-called meta-materials made on a tiny scale.

But a new study at the University of Birmingham in the UK has taken a major step forward by making a paper clip invisible — an object thousands of times bigger than in previous experiments.

Invisible paper clips! How do they work?

The research works by using a naturally forming crystal called calcite which has extraordinary light-bending abilities.

By placing the crystals over an object it “bounces” light around it rendering it invisible to the naked eye.

And apparently calcite has been found in crystals up to 21 feet long, about the length of the current Rolls-Royce Phantom.

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