Wednesday, February 20, 2008

None More Black

This has nothing to do with economics, but I can't resist. The Washington Post reports:
Researchers in New York reported this month that they have created a paper-thin material that absorbs 99.955 percent of the light that hits it, making it by far the darkest substance ever made -- about 30 times as dark as the government's current standard for blackest black...

"It's very deep, like in a forest on the darkest night," said Shawn-Yu Lin, a scientist who helped create the material at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, N.Y. "Nothing comes back to you. It's very, very, very dark."

Or, in the immortal words of Nigel Tufnel: "It's like, 'how much more black could this be?' and the answer is none. None more black."

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