I'm not the type to freak out about all the latest advances in high-tech gadgetry, but an authentic, fully-functioning invisibility cloak is one invention I would definitely wait in line for days to buy. Yeah, yeah, I know what you're thinking: Where does this lunatic go shopping, Diagon Alley? But thanks to a team of electrical engineers at Duke University, the idea of an invisibility cloak like the one Harry Potter used to roam around Hogwarts unseen may be one step closer to becoming a real thing.
No joke! Apparently engineers have been working on the "cloak" for six years, and while it's not finished yet (hey, these guys aren't wizards), the prototype shows promise. Or, in grad student Nathan Landy's words:
"We built the cloak, and it worked. It split light into two waves which traveled around an object in the center and re-emerged as the single wave with minimal loss due to reflections."
Yeah, I have no idea what that means. But I know it would be awesome to have an invisibility cloak! And just imagine the shame and embarrassment (not to mention potential jail time) such a useful accessory could have saved certain public figures, such as:
A CIA director having an extramarital affair
A West Point and Harvard graduate "writing the biography" of a CIA director
A top US commander with a talent for writing allegedly "inappropriate" emails
A puppeteer with a talent for silly voices and writing allegedly "inappropriate" emails
A former Presidential candidate currently losing 11 Facebook "likes" per minute
A starlet/jewel thief with enough DUIs to wallpaper a room at the Chateau Marmont
Let the inappropriate behavior begin! No one will ever know, bwahahahaha! Unless people let their feet poke out the bottom. That would be really dumb.
When do you think an invisibility cloak might come in handy?
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