The science of disappearing

Invisibility cloaks and other new materials that play with light are in the works

By Stephen Ornes, 00:00 AM February 17, 2010

Imagine what you could do with a machine that could make things disappear.


For inspiration, you could hit the books: In Greek mythology, the goddess Athena wore an invisibility cap during the Trojan War. The same cap helped the half-god Perseus, who wore it to hide from Medusa, a monster who could turn someone to stone just by looking at them. In the books of J.R.R. Tolkein, Bilbo Baggins found a ring that could make him invisible; he passed it on to his nephew Frodo. And of course, there’s po...

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