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Published on Nov 10, 2013

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A scientific research team from Zhejiang University in China have invented a gadget that lets living creatures become invisible to the human eye. They have designed a five centimetre tall hexagonal cylinder with a transparent passage on the inside that makes anything that passes through it seem to disappear.

"When we see an object, what we receive actually is the natural light scattered from the object. We can see the object only after capturing the light," explained Zheng Bin, one of the researchers responsible for the device.

Using glass with a high refractive index and special positioning the researchers are able to direct light around the object in the tube to give the impression that it is not there at all. The gadget is currently only capable of making living creatures with a body length of 10 centimetres disappear and according to the researchers they are still a long way off of being able to use a human subject. Report by Laurie Blake.

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