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. To stare at the “super black” coating made of carbon nanotubes – each 10,000 times thinner than a human hair – is an odd experience. It is so dark that the human eye cannot understand what it is seeing. Shapes and contours are lost, leaving nothing but an apparent abyss.
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. Then there are the military uses that the material’s maker, Surrey NanoSystems, is not allowed to discuss.
We got home today roughly five minutes after this happened. The neighbors were all out in force towing 80ft trees out of the road. “Microburst,” they said. Randy and I looked at each other, news helicopter clapping directly above us. Microburst?? Our fucking ROOF is destroyed! Where did this tree even COME from? I know a demon wind when I see one, neighbors, now hand me my phone so I can call wildlife control to come and pick up these owls.
My friend just sent this pic of his kid on the adorable Star Wars quilt I gave them for their baby shower. I meant to post about it earlier (like what, maybe 7 months ago? Is that how old he looks?), but it kept slipping my mind. It’s from OutofCharacterQuilts on etsy, who also happens to have a tumblr where she sometimes features her quilts and gives coupon codes like the one in that link.
Anyway, it’s a ridiculously cute quilt and you should check out her stuff.
YES. I can attest to the awesomeness of outofcharactersuburb quilts. Both nephews and a niece-in-law own her quilts (Star Wars, Firefly, and Froggies!) and parental reports back are big A+++! Go buy her stuff, will ya?
Wow! You both just made my whole week, thank you!!