A nanotech company in the UK has just engineered what is now thought to be the blackest material ever created. It's called Vantablack, and it's the closest thing to a black hole we'll (probably) (hopefully) ever see.
Vantablack's major claim to fame is that it absorbs all but 0.035 percent of light. How? By using carbon nanofibers so small—10,000-times thinner than a strand of hair—that light rays can barely penetrate it.
Aside from being just generally cool looking, this stuff can play tricks on your eyes. That's wrinkled tin foil underneath; it's blocking so much light that the surface underneath looks totally flat.
Carbon nanotubes aren’t new, but Surrey NanoSystems’ new process is: whereas pretty much everyone else in the field uses intense heat to make nanotubes, these guys are doing it in a cold environment so it can be transferred to aluminum and other materials that easily melt.
Can we get a 0.034 percent, anyone?