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By Khrystyna Halatyma
Features Editor

Harry Potter invisibility cloak created?

The Story: Scientists have been working on a real life invisibility cloak. Sort of. Except instead of just covering a single object, they have made it possible to obscure a whole event. The only problem is the time, because this said event can only be obscured for 40 trillionths of a second. The process creates a “hole” in time where the event takes place. To get to the specifics of the physics visit the story here.
My take: I haven’t taken physics yet, but as I see it, have scientist found a way to stop time? This reminds me of why I wanted to be a scientist when I was little. Of course, it is only a small step in the project. Just when I’m about to add “invisibility cloak” to my wish list, I read about the math behind the deed. Math just has to bring our hopes down, as always. According to the story Martin McCall, a professor of theoretical optics at Imperial College in London, says mathematically the machine to make a cloak last even a full second would have to be 18,600 miles long. Bummer, but at least now we know it’s possible. Patience has never been one of my strong suits, so in the mean time if I want something to disappear, I’ll just go with the Harry Potter vanishing spell- Evanesco!
Check out http://uniquedaily.com/2012/01/time-cloak-created/ for the full story!