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The BBC reports that the Invisibility cloak ‘step closer’

Scientists in the US say they are a step closer to developing materials that could render people invisible.

Researchers at the University of California in Berkeley have developed a material that can bend light around 3D objects making them “disappear”.

The materials do not occur naturally but have been created on a nano scale, measured in billionths of a metre.

If you can make the objects disappear, then you could say you built them and covered them with an invisibility cloak, while you don’t actually bother to build them.

They’ll have to install horns inside military vehicles that are triggered by a remote or no one will be able to find their tank.

August 10, 2008   10 Comments

Just Say No!!!

Hipparchia discovered that Jeff Miller (R-FL01) is running a poll on the left sidebar of his official website on drilling in the Gulf of Mexico.  Please go over and say NO!  The sea turtles, dolphins, greedy real estate speculators, and US Military will thank you.

Despite being the Congresscritter for the Florida Panhandle he doesn’t mention that leasing the area off the Panhandle will

  • Produce no results at all for at least a decade;
  • Oil companies are under no obligation to sell anything found to the US;
  • The sight of oil platforms reduces the value of coastal property, and endangers the area’s tourism attractiveness;
  • The presence of oil platforms will bar the military from using the area for training and testing missions, endangering the status of Eglin Air Force Base;
  • Another visit by an Opal or Ivan will guarantee an oil spill, as happened after Katrina.

Drilling in the Gulf, if the most optimistic of estimates is true and the oil is sold in the US, will not affect the price of gas by more than a few cents a gallon. Properly inflating your tires and performing routine maintenance on your vehicle is more that twice as effective as the drilling at reducing your cost of gas, and you can start saving money immediately, ask any mechanic.

August 10, 2008   7 Comments