So Dark Your Brain Hurts: World's New Darkest Material

May 13, 2015


This is a video about Vantablack (not to be confused with Vanna White, who is 58 and has been flipping letters on Wheel Of Fortune for 33 years and doesn't look a day over stunning), a material made of millions of carbon nanotubes that absorbs 99.96% of all light that hits it. In the video, Surrey Nanosystems business development director Steve Northam explains that the sample he's holding, which is printed on a sheet of aluminum foil, is so dark that, despite how wrinkled the aluminum foil is when viewed from the rear, you can't notice any of the wrinkles when viewed from the nanotube side because the material reflects so little light. So little light, in fact, that your brain doesn't know what to make of it when viewed in person. When reached for comment about the new darkest material, Riddick insisted it wasn't giving him a boner despite the fact I could hear him unzipping his pants over the phone.

Hit the jump for the video.

Thanks to Michael K, who agrees Vantablack is definitely not the material you want to go jogging at night wearing.

  • Mari-Anne Mahlau

    "Blacker than the blackest black...times infinity" - Nathan Explosion

  • Elak Swindell

    Now, if they can make it frictionless, you have Hotblack's starship from Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. "The blackness of it was so extreme that it was almost impossible to tell how close you were standing to it. 'It's!', said Ford Prefect. 'You can hardly make out its shape...light just seems to fall into it!' "

  • Kelly

    I wander what it would feel like to stand in a room painted entirely in this. Holding a flash light while standing in it too.

  • Kelly

    I want a car painted with this. So black its invisable at night. At least dents wont be visable.

  • Wonfis

    Would this make a really good solar panel?

  • rainbowhyphen

    For a thermal solar collector, yeah, it should work great. And since it's made from carbon nanotubes, it should withstand the heat just fine.

  • $1149480

    a little black dress will just look like a 2D cardboard cutout?

    the waifu age has truly begun

  • burnoutog

    please die

  • Nate Edwards

    I cannot wait to paint my car's seats with this stuff and boil myself to death this July.

  • Martin Sjøstrand

    Why is George Mason from 24, walking onto the set at 00:40? Is this material linked to any terror use?

  • Paul

    Why is my ex-girlfriends heart laying on a piece of aluminium foil?

  • kiden

    Could I get an outfit made of this? Maybe some curtains?

  • palpable ovaltine

    Peruvian instant darkness powder?

  • did they get a hold of my heart?

  • rshill

    "World's New Darkest Material" False. That would be my ex's soul.

  • captaindash

    Your ex's soul was a physical material? Whatever floats yer boat.

  • Jan Bergström

    he means a sex doll or something maybe.

  • Todd Crespo

    This requires the Spinal Tap quote, "It's like, how much more black could this be? and the answer is none. None more black."

  • Andyman7714

    Nigel stands corrected. Sniff the glove, buddy.

  • Elvis Vazquez

    oh fuck i want that on a shirt. i really really want that on a shirt

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