My major complaint about glass? It just isn't transparent enough. And not just because I don't clean my windows enough. I mean, think about it: you can still see reflections in it. You call that see-through?
Researchers at Japan’s Institute of Physical and Chemical Research shared my reservations, so they set out to create an entirely new 100% transparent material —a metamaterial that they made out of nano-coils of gold and silver embedded in a glass-like material that light passes through with no reflection at all. You can read the crazy Japanese press release here, but really, the diagram above should make it totally clear . Sorry. Sorry.
The benefits of this new material are manifold: new telescopes, cameras, and better fiber optics. Not to mention, of course, the hilarity that will ensue when people constantly walk into your metamaterial patio door.
[Via Engadget ]