This is just like magic!
OK, first, a caveat: We're not quite up to Harry Potter
-level shenanigans yet. The "cloak," created by a team at Duke University led by graduate student Nathan Landry
, isn't a cloak in the swirly-cloth sense, but rather a diamond-shaped box made out of something called metamaterial. It can only shield a 3x0.4" cylinder from being seen from a specific direction. And the cylinder can only be shielded from microwave radiation, not the visible light spectrum.
Still, this is the first time that any
invisibility cloak of any
description has been successfully brought into the realm of reality. They've been around since 2006, but previous models always reflected some of the incident light instead of channeling 100 percent of it around the object, which is what makes it truly invisible.