Just How Much Will Star Wars: Rebels Cross Over Into Episode VII?

Sleepy Hollow casts its Ben Franklin as a recurring character. There will be a time jump between seasons 1 and 2 of The Tomorrow People. And Gotham gets a series order. Plus, new looks at Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and Rosemary's Baby. Spoilers now! » 5/07/14 6:00am 5/07/14 6:00am

A 1,476-foot tower equipped with its very own cloaking device

The South Korean government has granted approval to begin construction on what will be the world's first "invisible" tower. Called the Infinity Tower, it will be equipped with an LED facade system and optical cameras to give it a reflective skin — and a striking translucent appearance. » 9/12/13 12:31pm 9/12/13 12:31pm

Scientists design an 'antimagnet'

Over the last few decades, cloaking devices have come closer and closer to becoming reality. Scientists have masked objects from the human eye using various metamaterials. They've created sonic invisibility barriers. They've even masked heat. And now they may be able to cloak a magnetic field, too. » 9/23/11 7:00am 9/23/11 7:00am

We're another step closer to the invisibility cloak

A functional invisibility cloak is one of those things that physicists keep chasing, and every six months or so we see an update that brings us one step closer to being able to sneak around without being seen. Today's major breakthrough comes from an undergraduate student at the University of St Andrews who figured… » 8/11/11 9:00am 8/11/11 9:00am

Scientists bend time to create invisible light

Within the tight confines of a fiber-optic cable, some researchers at Cornell have managed to create an invisible flash of light. It's invisible not because the flash is manipulated to be hidden, but because the stretch of time during which it happened is erased by the time the flash gets to the other end of the… » 7/15/11 1:00pm 7/15/11 1:00pm

How do you make an inaudibility cloak?

Metamaterials have been used to make invisibility cloaks. To make an inaudibility cloak, all you need are some sheets of plastic and good mathematical modeling. » 6/25/11 1:40pm 6/25/11 1:40pm

What is the most scientifically plausible superpower?

We all know that superheroes like Superman or Thor are completely impossible. But just for the sake of argument, are there any superpowers that could actually exist in the real world? We assembled a panel of experts to find out. » 6/13/11 4:23pm 6/13/11 4:23pm

Spacetime invisibility cloaks can hide entire events inside temporal…

Invisibility cloaks are taking baby steps from science fiction to science fact. But there's an even stranger and more incredible possibility - an invisibility cloak that works in both space and time, shielding whole events from history itself. » 11/16/10 10:20am 11/16/10 10:20am

Nanomesh breakthrough brings us one step closer to a cloaking device

"Invisibility cloaks" have been in development for years, but keep hitting a major roadblock — the materials used absorb too much light. New research may have found the trick to get around that, and get us our cloaking devices. » 8/09/10 11:38am 8/09/10 11:38am

Invisiblity Cloaks Jump Into The Third Dimension

Invisibility cloaks took a step from science fiction to science fact this past weekend. A team of German scientists announced the construction of the first material that renders objects invisible in three dimensions. » 3/22/10 9:30am 3/22/10 9:30am

Now You Can Literally Create Objects Out Of Thin Air

At last, you can make things disappear. Scientists have created a device for disappearing unwanted objects. The crazy part is that it can make objects seem to appear as well. » 7/07/09 2:48pm 7/07/09 2:48pm

Imagining Life After the Invisibility Cloak

Researchers claim that the creation of an invisibility cloak is feasible with future technology, and that soon humans could have the ability to blend in with their surroundings. Not content to wait for science to catch up with imagination, Dutch artist Desiree Palmen uses paint to camouflage her subjects, giving us a… » 12/05/08 8:30am 12/05/08 8:30am

Invisibility: Just One Facet of the Wide, Wild World of Optical…

Cat's eyes look creepy because, at certain sudden angles, they reflect light directly back at you, the viewer. The ever-popular question of invisibility is wrapped up in that ability to reflect light at certain directions, commonly known as the refractive index. This week, two physicists from the UK and the Czech… » 11/30/08 4:00pm 11/30/08 4:00pm

Secrets of the Metamaterials that Will Make You Invisible

Invisibility used to be the stuff of comic books and Harry Potter novels. But this week, scientists from UC Berkeley have emerged with two new invisibility-producing "metamaterials," engineered substances that bend electromagnetic waves in ways they've never bent before. They call it "negative refraction." But you… » 8/12/08 3:20pm 8/12/08 3:20pm

Navy Battleship with a Cloaking Device

Meet the first (semi) invisible warship: it's painted in "low reflectivity" materials that make it hard to see on radar. While not invisible to the naked eye, this Swedish ship, called the Visby Corvette, is for all intents and purposes invisible to many of the instruments Navies would use to pick it up. Researchers… » 3/06/08 7:00am 3/06/08 7:00am

One Step Closer to a True Cloaking Device

Last year, a team at Duke announced a beta cloaking material whose special nano-properties make it "invisible" to microwaves. Today, however, researchers in Stuttgart have got something even better — a "metamaterial" that can cloak objects in the visible light spectrum. Made of gold nano-mesh, the material has a… » 12/24/07 10:30am 12/24/07 10:30am

Step into My Wormhole and Become Invisible

Math geeks at University of Rochester say it's theoretically possible to create a wormhole between two locations. The beauty part is that you'd be invisible while you travel between them. The tech you'd use to do this sounds a little like Philip K. Dick's "scramble suit" from A Scanner Darkly. "Metamaterials" that… » 10/15/07 4:23pm 10/15/07 4:23pm