Scientists Create Color That Is Blacker Than Black

"The answer is none, none more black."

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Dethklok singer Nathan Explosion's claim that "in order to make everything metal, it must be blacker than the blackest black times infinity" has become a reality.

As Metal Injection notes, a British tech company called Surrey Nanosystems has discovered a shade of black that is blacker than the blackest, so much so, that it erases any features on a surface.

As the Verge explains: "Made of carbon nanotubes, it can absorb 99.96 percent of light that hits it. Its developers say that to the human eye, the material - called Vantablack - completely erases any features on a surface, becoming simply a void ... That's because the dense coating of carbon nanotubes, rolled sheets of carbon atoms like the one seen above, are used to create a lattice that absorbs virtually all light as it's refracted around the tubes."

In the words of Spinal Tap, there is "none more black."

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    mini_cooper1701
    DO YOU FOLKS LIKE COFFEE?
    Autoftune
    Imagine someone walking into Starbacks asking for a vantablack cup of coffee...
    zakaye
    I would like my coffee blacker than the blackest black times infinity please!
    metallideth88
    Is this color only found in africa?
    Scarface88
    Let's not ****ing start with racism on UG. A lot of wankers frequent the comments sections anyway, but let's not descend that far.
    AlexGreat123
    Blacker than the blackest black times infinity???
    Manovvar
    black holes absorb 100% of light that hits it...nature still wins.
    isaac.yim.31
    but black holes are invisible! which means that the blackest black is invisibility and creating a hole in the fabric of space and time which creates a gravitational pull so great that it will destroy anything. now THAT is heavy metal! \m/
    Lord_Doku
    Except that they're not invisible. Their blackness is in stark contrast to all the bright light reflecting off of the surrounding matter, hence making it quite visible.
    TheTrainToMars
    All those church burning Norwegian black metal bands won't know what to do with themselves now.
    Crackheadrich
    Anyone up for starting a vantablack metal band?
    Epi g-310
    Vantablack notes. Like brown notes, but instead of making you shit, they make your ******* absorb all the light in the room.
    TheLiberation
    Looks like I have something to add to my "to do" list once I have a band: have band T-shirts made out of this. (I just hope it's not toxic or dangerous or something that would ruin my dream)
    javiero
    Sorry to break it to you, but I wouldn't get my hopes up just yet. Toxicity research for CNTs is far from complete (but generally indicates several health risks), so I don't see them being commercialized in the public sphere anytime soon.
    ToNtUz
    new metallica song: Fade To Blacker Black
    cfhdomination
    Blacker Blackened.
    godzillarissa
    On the Blacker Album?
    RedLabelRecords
    The Blackest Album
    Eissari
    Blackened
    Jazz1992
    ...is the end
    sideslick
    So this is now what we know as black, and what was previously thought to be "black" is now extremely-dark gray. Metal.
    skidlz
    Oh really, Woodhouse? Or are five in a vantablack and five in a slightly darker vantablack?
    Izzy-Sweet
    Can I have a trench coat made out of this material? It's been years since my high school goth phase, but this seems like a worthwhile reason to go back!
    bunnyh0pz
    And why is this on UG? Did they post this just so they could make that Spinal Tap refference?
    Velcro Man
    Once again, typical internet "journalists" completely misunderstand some scientific discovery, make up some bullshit headline and manage to completely rape any hope for knowledge. 1. Black is not a color, it's the absence of color. 2. This is not caused by the color but by the design of the matter that is dark.
    Niiko_Xeneize
    1. The concept of "absence of color" is very debatable to begin with. The closest definition would be "absence of light reaching our eyes due to an object barely reflecting it, if any.". I'd still call that a color, just like zero is a number despite being "absence of quantity". 2. The colors we see are caused by the design and properties of matter, all of them, always.
    Velcro Man
    1. If all colors are reflected light (which they are) and darkness is the absence of light, it is also the absence of color. 2. Way to completely misinterpret the point. The point is that they're implying it's some unknown color like "red, blue, green" something you would name differently when really it's just a substance that happens to absorb more light than most things, thus appearing darker, not a color "blacker than black".
    Manovvar
    haha no need to get all anal about it... black may be absent of color, but the term "black" is what defines it as a color.