Let’s face it – black gets a bad rap (and we will try to leave any racial commentary out of this discussion, okay?), and science doesn’t help matters much. After all, white is a combination of all the colors in the light spectrum, while its opposite has none. Granted, black merely absorbs all the rainbow hues, but it is still seen as the dour and depressing opposite or the light and vibrant. Boo!

Say Hello To Vantablack

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It’s The Blackest Black There Is

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Then there’s the whole “black hole” thing. A star can bring life to a planet with its – you guessed it – bright white light, but its gravity gobbling opposite is like a real life Darth Vader to everything in the universe (and what color does this Sith lord wear? ‘Nuff said). And when it comes to those researchers locked up in their labs, the notion of the “blackest black” becomes something of a physics claim to fame. In fact, the deeper the darkness, the less light is reflected back.

It Absorbs Almost 100% Of All Light

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Well, believe it or not, there is now a black that can swallow 99.8% of thrown light. Called Vantablack (or in its next generation incarnation, Vantablack S-VIS, it’s a kind of backwards camouflage. When you see it, your eye cannot process the lack of color and light. Instead, the image seems faked, or even photoshopped. Neither is the case. It can even turn 3-D into 2-D. Amazing.

Including Laser Light

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And It Turns 3-D, Into 2-D

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What Else Can It Do? There’s A Video That Explains It All