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In 2014, re­searchers at UKbased Sur­rey NanoSys­tems un­veiled Vantablack, a coat­ing that ab­sorbs up to 99.96 per­cent of light that falls onto it. Vantablack is made up of mil­lions of car­bon nan­otubes barely 200 atoms across, and it can be used to ab­sorb stray light in the sen­si­tive in­stru­ments of satel­lite ob­ser­va­to­ries. When it is ap­plied to or­di­nary ob­jects, how­ever, it cre­ates the il­lu­sion of mak­ing them look to­tally flat. You can even buy a watch with a Vantablack dial! RM

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