The Surprising Origin Of A Color Darker Than Vantablack
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The Surprising Origin Of A Color Darker Than Vantablack

In September, 2019, scientists at MIT unveiled the "blackest black" material to date, which was made using carbon nanotubes. That’s the same material used to make Vantablack, which was once considered the world’s darkest material . Although it was created by scientists, it was conceived by an artist named Diemut Strebe for a project called the Redemption of Vanity . Strebe had the scientists coat a diamond worth an estimated $2 million with the new material, which has yet to be named, as a statement on how value is attached to objects and concepts. Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories. Following is a transcript of the video: Narrator: Believe it or not, this is a diamond. And the reason you can’t see it is because it’s covered with the darkest color on Earth. In fact, this material is so dark that it captures at least 99.995% of incoming visible light. But why is it covering a $2 million diamond? And how was it made in the first place? Narrator: You may remember this color, Vantablack. It was unveiled in 2014, and media outlets called it the darkest color in the world. But this color here? It’s not Vantablack. […]

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