Paper Boys

Episode 58

How is the darkest black created?

A surprise

The material Vantablack made headlines a few years ago as being the “blackest black” color ever known. People were shocked by how this color would transform shapes, and the material even sparked deep running feud in the art community. Well now it turns out there’s a newer black that is 10X darker than Vantablack! Join us this week as James dives into a new paper about a process for growing carbon nanotubes that results in the darkest black we’ve ever seen.

Check out the journal article, available here and the article from Smithsonian Magazine here.

Learn more about the artist’s feud here.

And, check out a completely relevant clip from “This is Spinal Tap” here.

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