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Tango0114 May 2018 10:12 p.m. PST

…But What They Did Is Still Neat.

"Several news outlets have claimed that scientists have created a "cloaking device" like those seen on Star Trek, but that's not quite what happened. The cloaking devices on Star Trek bend light to render an object invisible, and the new device merely deflects sound. The technology also isn't so new, as others are working on devices like these. It's still cool, though.

The device being covered in the news today is a metamaterial—an engineered object with specific properties unlike those found in a regular old machine shop. Some of these materials display mind-bending physical properties, others are the blackest black, and others are "anti-magnets." One potentially important metamaterial would be one that could control the direction of sound waves…."
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Legion 415 May 2018 6:18 a.m. PST

Of course not … IIRC … The Romulans did !

robert piepenbrink Supporting Member of TMP15 May 2018 8:20 a.m. PST

And in other news, scientists didn't invent a transporter or warp drive.

Tango0115 May 2018 10:39 a.m. PST



Legion 415 May 2018 3:33 p.m. PST

I'm still hopeful though !

BrianW15 May 2018 10:44 p.m. PST

Sounds like instead of a cloaking device, they invented a Cone of Silence instead.

Tango0116 May 2018 11:01 a.m. PST



Personal logo Parzival Supporting Member of TMP17 May 2018 10:52 a.m. PST

Sounds like instead of a cloaking device, they invented a Cone of Silence instead.

Missed it by *this* much.
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