Ben Jensen, chief technology officer at the Surrey based tech company, NanoSystems, spoke exclusively to What Investment about the astounding advances it is making in nanotechnology, which ultimately offer unique VCT investment opportunities.
This year, consumers across South Korea (and parts of the U.S. and Europe) will finally be able to buy the Hyundai Nexo, the company's latest hydrogen fuel cell vehicle (FCEV) that also possesses some self-driving capabilities. But any of the Nexo’s potential future owners weren't able to actually see the eco-friendly SUV at Hyundai’s pavilion at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics.
Here’s what they found instead: a massive building clad in Vantablack, one of the darkest materials on earth, and thousands of LEDs. And some rather forceful copywriting; “We moved the universe for everyone to experience the seed of new society,” narrates the pavilion’s introduction video over trance music.
The British architect is using Vantablack VBx 2 (NOT Original Vantablack or Vantablack S-VIS as is reported here) for a building he describes as a "schism in space," which will be unveiled at the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea. Visitors will encounter it when entering the Olympic Park. This impossibly black building will have four curved walls, but from a distance, it will look like a slit of blackness.
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
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.