invisible man in business suit invisible man in business suit Scientists found a way to bend light, making objects invisible. (Photo: Ollyy / Shutterstock)

Scientists may have figured out how to make stuff invisible

A team of scientists just had a Harry Potter-style breakthrough.

Wizards no longer have a monopoly on invisibility cloaks. Scientists just figured out how to make superhero tech. For real.

A team of scientists at Israel's Ben-Gurion University of the Negev recently published a paper in Nature announcing that they could make objects invisible.

When you look at something, you're not actually looking at the thing itself. Instead, light bounces off the thing and into your eyes, and your brain converts that light into an image.

So how do you make something invisible? Stop light from bouncing off it. That's what these scientists figured out. They explained they could use a "cloaking chip" to scatter light away from a hidden object.

“The light does not interact with the object, thus resulting in the object’s invisibility,” said Dr. Alina Karabchevsky, who worked on the study.

You can't buy an invisibility cloak yet, unfortunately. This is all only a theory, and it will probably start with much smaller objects. The scientists still need to “overcome the significant challenge of developing a prototype," which, yes, does sound like quite the challenge, and also kind of the whole point.

Still, it's a solid theory being published in a very solid journal about a product people really want, and you know what that means: look out for an iCloak in stores one of these days.


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