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6 Facts about Vantablack - The darkest material ever made

In the Antenna wing of the Science Museum in London, a bronze bust of a man sits behind a wall of glass. The face, which belongs to BBC presenter Marty Jopson, isn’t very big—maybe 6 or 7 inches tall. It’s highly textured, and light catches in its rivets and dimples. Aside from the playfully upturned edges of Jopson’s mustache, there’s nothing particularly remarkable about this bust. But next to it sits an identical bust that absolutely boggles the mind. It looks like someone has cut a hole in the air in the shape of Jopson’s head, leaving only a gaping, empty blackness. 

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That's NOT a hole in the picture: World's blackest material developed as spray paint

Researchers have developed a new version of the world's blackest material that can be applied using a spray paint gun.
 

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The Most Important Thing About This Shade Of Black Is Not An Artist's Rights

Lost in last week’s furor over an artist getting the rights to a shade of black was the chemistry that made it possible.

At issue is a material called Vantablack and its derivative S-VIS. Developed by a British company called Surrey Nanosystems, these coatings absorb an incredible amount of light—as much as 99.96% depending on what wavelength you consider. They’re so black that seeing them feels like looking into a hole.

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His Dark Materials

Journalist and author Kassia St Clair talks about Vantablack S-VIS is the Economist's first issue of 1843 Magazine.

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Some Artists Are Seeing Red Over A New 'Black'

A well thought out article on the debate over Vantablack S-VIS in art.

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Can an Artist ever really own a colour?

Anish Kapoor has the exclusive rights to paint using Vantablack, the blackest black that has ever existed – but other artists are keen to use it

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Artists at War - 'apparently'

Sadly, this factually incorrect story is now making the rounds. Vantablack is not a paint and is most certainly not used to hide satellites and stealth planes!

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Vantablack - Blackest Black in the World

Marty Jopson heads to SurreyNano systems, a company behind the world blackest black. The vantablack mask seen in the film will be on display at the Science Museum from 12th Feb.

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Vantablack, the world’s blackest material, is coming to the Science Museum

Vantablack, the world’s blackest material, is coming to the Science Museum.

Its dark appearance is the result of a unique forest-like coating of densely packed, ultra-thin carbon nanotubes which absorb 99.96% of visible light that hits its surface.

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Channel 4 ditches signature '4' logo in 'brave and bizarre' rebrand

It’s either a bold reinvention of a middle-aged brand, or a marketing brainstorm too far. 

Channel 4 has unveiled a new on-screen identity which dispenses with the signature “4” logo that has provided the broadcaster’s focal point for 33 years.

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