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The Invisible Man?

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This incredible story comes from this morning’s Times.

The art of invisibility, which enabled Harry Potter to wander unseen around Hogwarts, may be just around the corner, scientists believe.Researchers funded by the Pentagon have managed to make material that has the potential to bend light around objects to make them invisible. By diverting light around an object scientists expect to be able to make tanks, buildings and even individual infantrymen disappear from view.

For the military such a cloak would be the ultimate camouflage, but it would have many other uses, perhaps eventually allowing Harry Potter’s invisibility cloak to be merchandised. In tests carried out in the United States, researchers were able to construct a prism that bent light “the wrong way” and so would make an object appear to vanish. The results of the experiments by scientists at the University of California, Berkeley, and the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, in California, will be published this week in the journals Nature and Science, but the full papers were released early online last night.

Similar techniques using microwaves, which are much easier to control, were demonstrated two years ago, but this is the first time that they have been successfully carried out in three dimensions with visible light.

“This straightforward and elegant demonstration enhances our ability to mould and harness light at will,” researchers said. “Invisibility cloaks get a step closer to realisation, with the demonstration of a new material that can bend visible light the wrong way for the first time in three dimensions.”

The full article is HERE

So readers, assuming this isn’t a load of old hogwarts, you have the chance to become invisible. What would you like to do most?


My Only Reference to the Olympics

This is the Tibetan Flag. It will be in the right hand margin on this blog during the Olympic Games.

Isaac Hayes R.I.P.

The 70’s soul icon was found dead in his apartment at the weekend. He was well known for his completely over the top stage persona and double-entendre lyrics (one album with Millie Jackson was banned by several radio stations in the 80’s as I recall). Perhaps his two most famous pieces of work came via tv programmes. Number one was his theme for Shaft (see below) and the other his voice was that of the chef in Southpark.

Looking at the video though it would seem Isaac didn’t miss a trick in marketing everything from curtains and dog chains to thermal boots.

What Was Number One When You Were Born?

Thanks to Rob at Fleet of Worlds once again for some inspiration. If you Click Here you can find out what the UK number one single and album was on the day you were born. Another click or two gives you other info like what has been number one each year on your birthday.

So you’re asking what was number one when you were born Rab? and I can tell you it was Craig Douglas and Only Sixteen.

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The number one album was the soundtrack from South Pacific.

I also found out I share a birthday with a member of Showaddywaddy. I’m not sure which one but I’ll bet it’s the cool looking one 8) in the photo below(!)