06 Feb '11, 4pm

Made-in-Singapore invisibility cloak

Made-in-Singapore invisibility cloak

SINGAPORE: Harry Potter had a magic cloak, and Susan Storm of the Fantastic Four had powers that made her disappear. Being transparent could no longer be just a thing of the movies. Associate Professor George Barbastathis and co-workers at the Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology (SMART) in Singapore have made a cloak that can hide objects and it has been hailed as a scientific breakthrough. Physics World, a renowned science publication, has hailed the cloak as one of the top 10 breakthroughs of 2010, ranking it fourth along with a similar prototype created by a different group of researchers from London. The cloak is built from the naturally occurring crystalline material calcite. The prototype can only work on a two-dimensional plane. While it may look simple and unassuming for now, the possibilities from here on are endless. Dr Barbastathis said: "In the f...

Full article: http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/singaporelocalnews...

Tweets