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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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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.

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