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Vantablack is the new black

British researchers have created the ‘new black’ of the science world - and it is being dubbed super black.

The material absorbs all but 0.035 per cent of light, a new world record, and is so dark the human eye struggles to discern its shape and dimension, giving the appearance of a black hole.

Named Vantablack, or super black, it also conducts heat seven and half times more effectively than copper, and is ten times stronger than steel.

It is created by Surrey NanoSystems using carbon nanotubes, which are 10,000 thinner than human hair and so miniscule that light cannot get in but can pass into the gaps in between.


Frank Zappa was very selective about the musicians that accompanied him. He demanded near-perfect live performances from them, and quickly replaced anyone that couldn’t take the stress. As a result, by the late 80s, he had a band that could play his extremely complicated compositions flawlessly. This week’s Weekly Zappa is The Black Page, as broadcast in 1988.

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