A Canadian says he's invented an invisibility cloak


From Claude Rains in the 1933 film The Invisible Man to Harry Potter at a theatre near you, the very idea of cloaking oneself in invisibility is deliciously, tempting, empowering and threatening. But forget about the movies ... let's focus on the military where the quest for invisibility opens up a world of possibilities and worries. And it is not only ongoing, it is conspiratorially difficult to pin down. One man in Maple Ridge, B.C. claims to be close, others say the science is essentially there. So how can we resist?

A Canadian says he's invented an invisibility cloak - Theoretical Physicist

They may not have many at Hogwarts, but in British Columbia, cloaks of invisibility are practically ready for the military to carry with their bullets and boots. At least, according to the B.C. inventor who says his Maple Ridge company has developed the technology.

Guy Cramer is the CEO and President of HyperStealth Biotechnology Corp, a military and specials forces camouflage company whose clients include the United States, the United Kingdom, New Zealand and Canada. Mr. Cramer hasn't exactly been transparent with his secrets however, and not everyone is convinced invisible troops are ready to march.

For more on the quest for invisibility, we reached the leading authority on the subject. John Pendry is a theoretical physicist and a professor at Imperial College London. He joined us from London, England.

A Canadian says he's invented an invisibility cloak - British Military Affairs Expert

Claude Rains made a memorable first Hollywood appearance -- if that's the right word-- as The Invisible Man in the 1933 film. A serum made him physically vanish; he wasn't all there in other ways as well. But you don't have to be crazed to see the alarming possibilities of invisibility.

Our next guest has thought about the ethics of such a discovery. Nick Pope is a British military affairs expert who spent 21 years working for the United Kingdom's Ministry of Defense. He was in Tuscon, Arizona.

This segment was produced by The Current's Shannon Higgins.

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