Blackest is the new black: Scientists have developed a material so dark that you can't see it... - Science - News
Puritans, Goths, avant-garde artists, hell-raising poets and fashion icon Coco Chanel all saw something special in it. Now black, that most enigmatic of colours, has become even darker and more mysterious. A British company has produced a "strange, alien" material so black that it absorbs all but 0.035 per cent of visual light, setting a new world record. If it was used to make one of Chanel's little black dresses, the wearer's head and limbs might appear to float incorporeally around a dress-shaped hole. Actual applications are more serious, enabling astronomical cameras, telescopes and infrared scanning systems to function more effectively. The nanotube material, named Vantablack, has been grown on sheets of aluminium foil by the Newhaven-based company. "You expect to see the hills and all you can see … it's like black, like a hole, like there's nothing there. A sample of the new material. "You would lose all features of the dress. "Many people think black is the absence of light.