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Scientists create the world's darkest material

A record-breaking new material absorbs 99.96% of visible light, Gizmodo reports. Dubbed Vantablack, the material is made with tiny carbon nanotubes that are 10,000 times thinner than a single human hair. Vantablack is so dark that if an object is coated with the stuff, like the crumpled aluminum foil above, it masks its shape and contour, appearing as nothing more than a black hole.

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