The First Cloaking Device?

Sulu, where did that ship go damn it?!  Get Spock on the bridge now.  This can't be possible!

PORTLAND, Ore. - John Pendry, a physicist at Imperial College in London, predicted in 2000 that metals could be engineered to reverse electrical fields. Since his prediction, metamaterials with a negative index of refraction have been created and demonstrated from gigahertz to optical frequencies. Now, Pendry and two engineering colleagues, David Schrig and David Smith, are predicting that both electrical and the magnetic properties can be varied in inhomogeneous composites with embedded nanoparticles. The result is a variable index-of-refraction material that is being touted for applications like an "invisibility cloak."

Man's ability to invent and innovate is surely only limited by his imagination... or an over-abundance of beer in the fridge perhaps.

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