Scientists Have Developed 'Vantablack,' the Blackest Black Ever

By: Laura McQuarrie - Jul 17, 2014
References: surreynanosystems & mtv
If you're someone who absolutely can't get enough black, some good news is that the blackest black ever has been developed by the aerospace engineers of Surrey NanoSystems.

The material called 'Vantablack' can be applied to any surface and it's capable of absorbing 99.96% of light. The material was created for use by astronomical cameras and telescopes, made from carbon nanotubes, but it could have huge implications for other things like fashion too. Although it would be very expensive if applied to a dress, Surrey NanoSystems chief technical officer Ben Jensen describes that "You would lose all features of the dress. It would just be something black passing through."

As demonstrated on a crumpled sheet of foil, the material appears completely flat and there's no shadowing from the folds.