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Scientists ponder invisibility cloak

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WASHINGTON - Imagine an invisibility cloak that works just like the one Harry Potter inherited from his father. Researchers in England and the United States think they know how to do that. They are laying out the blueprint and calling for help in developing the exotic materials needed to build a cloak.

The keys are special manmade materials, unlike any in nature or the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. These materials are intended to steer light and other forms of electromagnetic radiation around an object, rendering it as invisible as something tucked into a hole in space.

"Is it science fiction? Well, it's theory and that already is not science fiction. It's theoretically possible to do all these Harry Potter things, but what's standing in the way is our engineering capabilities," said John Pendry, a physicist at the Imperial College London.

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The invisibility cloak sounds really neat and the idea that they will have one in about 18 months is exciting. For the military this will be a great way to walk up on the enemy without being seen. If the enemy or criminals get a hold of them, it could be very dangerous. A spy or terrorist could walk into the Pentagon or White House and do a lot of damage or a criminal could walk into your home or a business and steal or kill someone and not be seen by a person or security camera.
By YCON: posted on 27-5-2006

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