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Video illuminates the world’s blackest black

Goths and former Goths rejoice: You can now know the secrets of the blackest black in the world, thanks to a new video by the American Chemical Society. Created in honor of this year’s color-themed National Chemistry Week, the video explains why certain objects appear black and how scientists have created surfaces that are more than 100 times darker than black paint. The darkest product currently on the market, Vantablack, is made of carbon nanotubes that allegedly trap 99.996% of photons. These kinds of coatings—which could soon be used in telescopes, microchips, and many other devices—take “dark” to a whole new level.

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