There's a New Blackest Material Ever, and It's Eating a Diamond As We Speak

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    Judi Lynn
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    By Brandon Specktor – Senior Writer 5 hours ago Tech

    It’s so black, it turns diamonds into “black holes.”

    A new exhibition in New York turns a sparkling yellow diamond (left) into a veritable black hole (right) thanks to the blackest material ever created.(Image: © R. Capanna, A. Berlato, and A. Pinato)

    On the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, a team of artists and scientists have made a 16.78-carat diamond — valued at more than $2 million — disappear.

    Granted, denizens of the Stock Exchange are no strangers to making vast amounts of wealth vanish, but this time the scientists are doing the heavy lifting. Working with artist Diemut Strebe, a team of researchers from MIT covered the shimmering yellow diamond in a newly discovered type of carbon nanotube coating that turns 3D objects into black, almost 100% light-free voids.

    According to the researchers, who described the coating in a study published Sept. 12 in the journal ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, this newfound nanotube structure is the blackest of black materials ever created, absorbing more than 99.996% of any light that touches it.

    “Our material is 10 times blacker than anything that’s ever been reported,” lead study author Brian Wardle, a professor of aeronautics and astronautics at MIT, said in a statement.


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    Can it be used to enrich shareholders and/or kill lots of people in other countries, in pursuit of hegemony?

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      Well, if you use it to melt the Greenland ice sheet faster, think of all the natural resources that are underneath to be exploited!

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