British scientists have produced a material so black that the human eye can’t even comprehend what it’s looking at.
The new material, Vantablack, is a nanotube material that absorbs all but 0.035 percent of the visual light, making it so dark that all shapes and contours are lost in it. Darker than even the darkest of our hearts, packs together fields of nanotubes so tiny that light particles cannot get into them, but can bounce in between until it is absorbed.
A sample of the new material. Image credit Surrey Nanosystems
The prospects of updating our wardrobes with this blackest of all blacks is slim to none : scientists say that any garment would lose all features and the wearer would resemble a disembodied head over a dress-shaped hole floating through a crowd.
“Many people think that black is the absence of light. I totally disagree with that. Unless you are looking at a black hole, nobody has actually seen something which has no light … These new materials, they are pretty much black as we can get, almost as close to a black hole as we could imagine.”, says Stephen Westland, professor of color science and technology at Leeds University.
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I just thought you guys should know. You know, kinda in the way you feel like your buddy should hear it from you when her ex does something really egregious at the bar while drinking too many Coco NoNos, instead of stumbling into that mess on Facebook the next day. It’s a thing. It’s happening. It has been photographed. It has a hashtag. It has a Tumblr and a Pinterest and a Facebook Community and an Article in Vice that includes the phrase “Bela Lugosi’s Deadlift”. It is apparently Transcending Normcore, which I only learned about like last week, so I’m a bit shocked that it has already been transcended. You have been warned.
Visionary artist Krist Mort has released a pre-sale for her upcoming book, Inlumaeh. The hardbound book contains 90 pages of both color and black and white photography, and an audio CD with a special track by Russian artist Lamia Vox.
The special edition has already sold out, but you can reserve your copy of the standard hardback at either Cyclic Law or on Krist Mort’s shop page.
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Fantastically dark art and black humor by illustrator Lisen Haglund. I think I’d like to wallpaper my bathroom in these.
Prints, T Shirts, and Posters available at NATTSKIFTET.TICTAIL.COM, with a fantastic Tumblr + Instagram.