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Who’s behind art’s dark little secret, Vantablack?

Who’s behind art’s dark little secret, Vantablack?

When one scientist discovered a substance so black even NASA couldn't find it, the potential was game-changing. Yet, for all the applications, it was an art-world altercation that made the headlines. As the battle for Vantablack continues, GQ asks why Anish Kapoor's new project is still shrouded in mystery

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Record Breaking Blackest Material Is So Dark It Cannot Be Analysed Using Spectroscopy

Recently, I have got hooked onto the ABC series ‘Once Upon A Time’ thanks to the arrival of Netflix in my life – it came as a package deal with the fiancé. I’m up to Season 3, and thought that things couldn’t possibly get darker than Peter Pan’s shadow, whose mysterious features are barely distinguishable, whose actions are deplorable, and whose voice is provided by the marvelous Marilyn Manson. How wrong I was.

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Vantablack has a wide (and invisible) Range of Applications

The material has been termed “blacker than black” and for a good reason. UK-based Surrey NanoSystems’ VantaBlack can absorb 99.96% of the radiation in the visible spectrum and even those beyond human sight, including UV and IR. While that is an astounding feat in its own right, Vantablack’s properties also give it excellent front-to-back thermal conduction and high thermal shock resistance.

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This Object Has Been Sprayed With the World's Blackest Material, and It's Freaking Us Out

This Object Has Been Sprayed With the World's Blackest Material, and It's Freaking Us Out

Well, we've finally cracked it. Scientists have finally figured out how to paint a portal to another dimension, as prophesied by Loony Tunes' the Roadrunner. Who wants to try driving a (very small) truck right through that gaping void circle?

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Behold the New Vantablack 2.0, the Art Material So Black It Eats Lasers and Flattens Reality

Artists the world over were instantly captivated three years ago when UK-based Surrey NanoSystems announced the invention of Vantablack, the darkest material ever made. And things continue to get darker: The company has been advancing the technology, and released some astonishing photographs and footage of the pigment in action, which have to be seen to be believed.

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Vantablack: It's blacker than black, but where is the world's darkest material being used?

Vantablack: It's blacker than black, but where is the world's darkest material being used?

When the world's darkest material made headlines in 2014, pundits predicted it would be used to turn military jets invisible, revolutionise our telescopes, and enable new trends in blacker-than-black haute couture.

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Blackest black

Emmanuelle Alt, the editor in chief of Vogue Paris, is said to have quipped: “I’ll stop wearing black when they invent a darker color.”

The Frenchwoman may want to schedule a Harvard visit.

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Introducing – MCT S110 Evo Vantablack by Anish Kapoor (featuring the blackest material in the universe after a black hole…)

Introducing – MCT S110 Evo Vantablack by Anish Kapoor (featuring the blackest material in the universe after a black hole…)

What is a color? The perception we have of a reflection of light on a surface. What is black, as perceived by human eye? It is the opposite of color. Black is an achromatic color, literally a color without hue. Black is a surface that reflects or emits only very low light and that absorbs most of the visible light. 

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This high-tech material is so black it makes other black objects look grey

There's a new blackest black material, and it's pretty darn black.

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