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New material pushes the boundary of blackness | Science | Reuters http://www.reuters.com/article/scienceNews/idUSN15550306200... 2 of 3 1/25/2008 11:16 PM
 

Summary: New material pushes the boundary of blackness | Science | Reuters http://www.reuters.com/article/scienceNews/idUSN15550306200...
2 of 3 1/25/2008 11:16 PM
Tue Jan 15, 2008 6:30pm EST
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New material pushes the
boundary of blackness
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By Julie Steenhuysen
CHICAGO (Reuters) - U.S. researchers said
on Tuesday they have made the darkest
material on Earth, a substance so black it
absorbs more than 99.9 percent of light.
Made from tiny tubes of carbon standing on
end, this material is almost 30 times darker
than a carbon substance used by the U.S.
National Institute of Standards and
Technology as the current benchmark of
blackness.
And the material is close to the long-sought

  

Source: Ajayan, Pulickel M. - Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science, Rice University

 

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