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Battleship would be invisible to the eye, radar, produce no heat signature and make no sound

The ultimate in camouflage for military purposes would be complete invisibility. Invisibility has been a major factor in fiction going back to ancient Greek mythologies to contemporary science fiction. While we are far away from space ships capable of intergalactic travel like Stargate Atlantis, a clocking device may be closer than you think.

Metamaterials refract light at a negative angle, rather than refracting light like normal materials that can be seen. The properties of metamaterials allow scientists to bend light around objects making them invisible to the naked eye. DailyTech reported on similar technology before when researchers at the University of Maryland were able to cloak a small 10 micrometer circle making it invisible to the eye.

While 10 micrometers is incredibly small, the scientists hope to one day scale the size of the cloak to hide people and objects. This is exactly what researchers at the Britannia Royal Navy College hope to do, but on a much grander scale. The scientist are developing a method to render full battleships invisible to not only the naked eye, but to radar as well. The researchers also hope to mask the sound produced by the ships as well as its heat signature.

If the scientists are able to accomplish the goal, it would mean the British Navy would have battleships invisible to the naked eye, radar, heat-seeking missiles and that produce no noise. If successful, the only indication that the ship is coming would be the water displaced by the ship.

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If it's invisible...
By saiga6360 on 3/4/2008 3:13:39 PM , Rating: 5
how would you get on it?


RE: If it's invisible...
By Tsuwamono on 3/4/2008 3:16:56 PM , Rating: 1
i would assume you could turn the cloak on and off.

RE: If it's invisible...
By kenji4life on 3/4/2008 3:31:22 PM , Rating: 5
It only lasts for a few seconds, then you have to recharge it. Make sure not to run into enemies or their fire, as your cloak will be disrupted! Use your cloak to sneak behind enemy lines . When they least expect it, uncloak and stab them in the back!!


RE: If it's invisible...
By Obujuwami on 3/4/2008 4:43:17 PM , Rating: 2
Only a WoW rogue would say something that dastardly!!

I have been waiting for this technology to come out for a while now and I can use it on living things...sneaking my girl friends past my wife is getting harder to do now.

RE: If it's invisible...
By Gnoad on 3/4/2008 7:47:11 PM , Rating: 5
I think he was referring to a vastly superior game:

Team Fortress 2.

RE: If it's invisible...
By oTAL on 3/4/2008 8:10:27 PM , Rating: 4
You have been waiting for this technology for a long time.... plus you play WoW... and you have not only a wife but also a girlfriend... something is wrong here... oh! you mean imaginary wife and girldfriend!

Well then, you can just put an imaginary invisibility cloak on your imaginary girlfriend and everything should workout fine!

RE: If it's invisible...
By theapparition on 3/5/2008 8:58:11 AM , Rating: 5
If the technology works, you wouldn't have to sneak past your wife, you could do everything right in front of her!

RE: If it's invisible...
By lexluthermiester on 3/5/2008 2:00:17 AM , Rating: 3

Ya, and I'm the King of Canada....

I want to get a hold of this technology and mount it on my car, thus avoiding any and all speeding tickets! Of coarse, I'd have to extra careful avoiding other drivers since they wouldn't be able to see me. Still it'd be a lot of fun!

RE: If it's invisible...
By inperfectdarkness on 3/5/2008 9:03:08 AM , Rating: 3
more like:

"im kass neem, arbiter online"

yeah. good technology, until the other side develops the "iron curtain". then we're screwed.

RE: If it's invisible...
By DASQ on 3/5/2008 5:07:42 PM , Rating: 2

RE: If it's invisible...
By wingless on 3/5/2008 10:04:59 AM , Rating: 2
This is why you have to decloak to FIRE!

RE: If it's invisible...
By saratoga on 3/4/2008 9:55:36 PM , Rating: 2
i would assume you could turn the cloak on and off.

Actually, the current stuff doesn't really have an "off". The material and shape of the object itself renders the insides invisible (well mostly invisible, theres always going to be minor some phase distortion). Though maybe you could put some lights on the hull and turn them on so that you could at least see that something was there.

RE: If it's invisible...
By jskirwin on 3/4/2008 3:19:02 PM , Rating: 1
How would you find it if you misplaced it?

Seriously this quote is almost funny:
Scientists predict that invisibility will be possible for objects of any shape and size within the next decade.

So we're going from 10 micrometers to "any size within the next 10 years." Lol...

Which scientists said that and do sell what they obviously smoke?

RE: If it's invisible...
By ChronoReverse on 3/4/2008 3:39:33 PM , Rating: 2
Some time ago, someone predicted that we'd be on the moon within a decade...

RE: If it's invisible...
By shamgar03 on 3/4/2008 6:20:11 PM , Rating: 1
And we still haven't been there...

RE: If it's invisible...
By SiliconAddict on 3/5/08, Rating: 0
RE: If it's invisible...
By TheGovernment on 3/4/2008 7:41:36 PM , Rating: 2
kinda funny but at the same time we've advanced "tech speaking" more in the last 50 years than since the beginning of humanity. I'd say the quote might have some substance after all.

RE: If it's invisible...
By jajig on 3/5/2008 8:07:00 AM , Rating: 2
No we haven't. Provide some examples to prove me wrong because there have been many very significant technological inventions before 1958.

Here is a list of a few; the wheel, nuclear weapons, the crane, steam power, beer etc.

RE: If it's invisible...
By joegee on 3/5/2008 5:17:51 PM , Rating: 4
Off the top of my head:

biological science and medicine

genetic engineering
- gene mapping
- gene sequencing and manufacturing
- genome mapping
proteome studies
- protein folding
- enzyme chemistry
cellular metabolism and mechanisms
- mitosis and meiosis processes
- metabolic cycles
- organelle function
stem cell research
- human cell development
- human organ development
- transplant studies
general medicine
- increasingly effective medications
- tailored medications
- increased survivability / geriatric sciences
- antiviral medications
- better understanding of neural networks
- sophisticated brain imaging / mapping techniques

nanomaterial science
- atomic assembly / manipulation
- atomic imaging
- rapid analysis
- fullerenes and other carbon nanostructures

material science
- silicon plastics
- high temperature superconductivity
- high strength magnets
- phase change materials
- memory materials
- rapid prototyping
- "metamaterials" with negative refractive properties
- high strength plastics
- high temperature ceramics

- micron scale transistors
- leds and other emitters
- non-digital analog machines

high speed computing
- rapid information manipulation
- graphical representation of complex data sets
- networking, and near-universal information access
- advanced voice and text communication systems

artificial intelligence
- expert systems
- sophisticated modelling systems
- sophisticated search algorhythms
- high speed control systems
- accurate simulations

- information manipulation and compression
- fractal mathematics
- chaos theory

- real world applications of known physical phenomena: nuclear magnetic resonance, positron emission tomography, quantum tunneling, atomic decay
- supersymmetry (and loop quantum gravity)
- lasers and collimated radiation
- tokomaks and fusion research

space science
- satellite communications
- manned space flight
- space-based experimentation
- space-based observation platforms

This is roughly fifteen minutes of thought. I'm certain there are many, many more advances others can add.

-Joe G.

RE: If it's invisible...
By MastermindX on 3/5/2008 12:55:56 PM , Rating: 2
A few years ago, some clown said the the transistor count in integrated circuitry would double every 2 years...

He must have been smoking some real good stuff!

Now I believe they call his claim... Moore's law.

RE: If it's invisible...
By lompocus on 3/6/2008 3:10:39 AM , Rating: 1
Yup, he was pretty stoned when he said that. He meant to say transistor count would quintuple every 2 years!

Anyways, the United States has had this as far as the infantry and planes go for a while. I'm just curious for ships...wouldn't they still leave some sort of wake? There'd be an obvious visual sign that SOMETHING REALLY FUCKING BIG is there!

RE: If it's invisible...
By GhandiInstinct on 3/4/2008 3:43:50 PM , Rating: 2
It doesn't mean it will de-materialize and not have any mass in a third or 4th dimensional plane.

It's just refracting light..

RE: If it's invisible...
By joex444 on 3/4/2008 5:08:56 PM , Rating: 2
It would be refracting light in such a way that you couldn't see it. If you can't see it, how do you know it's there? How can you know where to board the ship?

RE: If it's invisible...
By lexluthermiester on 3/5/2008 2:04:19 AM , Rating: 2
Simple, look for the hole in the water, if you're above it your on a ship. If not your in the water.... LOL! J/K folks I know it doesn't work that way. But it's still kind of funny if you picture it in your mind...

RE: If it's invisible...
By borowki on 3/4/2008 5:20:04 PM , Rating: 3
If you can't get on, it means you're stupid. Her Majesty's new ship is so advanced that only smart people can see it.

RE: If it's invisible...
By FaceMaster on 3/4/08, Rating: -1
RE: If it's invisible...
By tim851 on 3/5/2008 7:08:57 AM , Rating: 1
Very nice!

RE: If it's invisible...
By InsaneGain on 3/5/2008 12:17:10 PM , Rating: 2
Hey I'm wearing a pair of new pants with the same feature! They were very expensive, but the sales person assured me that only stupid people wouldn't be able to see them. I, of course, can see them clearly.

RE: If it's invisible...
By HVAC on 3/5/2008 1:05:48 PM , Rating: 2
Oh yeah?

What color are they?

"There is a single light of science, and to brighten it anywhere is to brighten it everywhere." -- Isaac Asimov
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