Scientists announced yesterday the creation of a substance so dark it absorbs 99.9 percent of the light that strikes it. It’s a revolution in curtain technology.
Constructed from carbon tubes, the fancy fiber is “almost 30 times darker” than the recognized standard of blackness, according to Reuters. Researcher Rulickel Ajayan of Houston’s Rice University told it that the stuff has a reflective index of 0.045 percent, three times darker than the previously-darkest material.
What could such matter be used for? The off-the-shelf suggestion is as a solar collector which captures almost all the light energy that hits it. I’m thinking laptops, ink and apparel.” —Black Is The New Black | Gadget Lab from Wired.com