Darkest material on Earth will create a 'schism in space' for Winter Olympics

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Touted as the darkest man-made substance in the world, Vantablack is so uncomfortably black the human eye can't quite decipher what it is seeing.

It is thought to be the closest thing to a black hole we will ever experience.

That's because Vantablack is not a color, it's the almost complete absence of color.

Since this super black material was first developed by Surrey NanoSystems three years ago, the British firm has been flooded with inquiries from designers, architects and aerospace engineers -- and even people who want to wrap themselves in it or eat it.

Part of the appeal of Vantablack is that it absorbs 99.96% of the light that hits its surface.


The British architect is using a spray-on version called Vantablack VBx2 for a building he describes as a "schism in space," which will be unveiled at the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea. Visitors will encounter it when entering the Olympic Park.
This impossibly black building will have four curved walls, but from a distance, it will look like a slit of blackness. Each of the facades will be studded with thousands of tiny lights -- like stars against the night sky.




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