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Invisibility at last?

Posted 31/03/2010 by RoseS

Yes, it is that time of the year again with BMW offering through newspaper advertisements a range of colour-coded replacement bonnet emblems to show the political party you are likely to support in the impending UK elections. As well as BMW’s normal blue and white quartered roundel, there are red and white and yellow and white alternatives on offer, and the company is even offering to swap your colour choice in the event of a hung parliament.

Of course, the giveaway in the advertisement is the e-mail contact: Uwe.Beanhadde@bmw.co.uk.

But what about the news release C&I received this morning from Dutch chemical major AkzoNobel, about a development which claims to have converted science fiction into fact?

AkzoNobel claims to have developed a new paint Invisulux ‘which cracks one of the biggest ever scientific challenges – invisibility’, using nanotechnology research by Norwegian professor Olaf Proli. He says in the news release: ‘We’ve been able to unravel the mysteries of the ultraviolet portion of the electromagnetic spectrum to develop a coating, which is transparent to visible light.’

Now C&I has reported in the past on research based on refraction that can bend light around objects thereby cloaking them like Harry Potter’s invisibility cloak. But AkzoNobel says this is a coating, which can be applied to textiles, containing a special molecule that manipulates the visible portion of the electromagnetic spectrum allowing light to pass straight through it, making the wearer of garments coated with Invisulux invisible.

‘The science is mind-blowing, but this is a real technological breakthrough,’ AkzoNobel’s head of nanotech coatings Dr Neil Pear is quoted as saying. ‘As the world’s biggest coatings company, we strive to push back boundaries and pioneer new technologies and Invisulux is here to stay – it certainly isn’t a now-you-see-it-now-you-don’t product.’

Now the problem with life today is that sometimes it is extremely difficult to determine whether news is actually fact or fiction, but in this case…

Neil Eisberg - Editor

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    22/06/2013 05:26

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