Invisibility cloaks continue to taunt us in 2010 with their promise of Harry Potter-style shenanigans. But New Scientist points to a new proposal that consists of silver-coated nanoparticles floating in water. Such nanoparticles would self-assemble into chains that are controllable by magnetic fields of different strengths, Chinese scientists say -- at least in theory.
U.S. and UK scientists say the idea sounds plausible, but wondered if the Chinese team could succeed in extending such cloaking across the entire visible spectrum without dark spots showing up due to light absorption.
Teams at Cornell University and the University of California-Berkeley have already begun experimenting with nanoscale invisibility cloaks, courtesy of U.S. Army funding. And other researchers have examined cloaking devices of a different sort to protect buildings against earthquakes. Not bad for muggle tech.
[via New Scientist]