A team of researchers at the FOM institute AMOLF (The Netherlands) has succeeded for the first time in powering an energy transfer between nano-electromagnets with the magnetic field of light.

This breakthrough is of major importance in the quest for magnetic ‘meta-materials’ with which light rays can be deflected in every possible direction. This could make it possible to produce perfect lenses, and in the fullness of time, even ‘invisibility cloaks.’

[Thanks, Alberto!]

Above picture is of invisibility artist Liu Bolin (which has nothing to do directly with this story, as his method of invisibility is far more low-tech).

Tiny nano-electromagnets turn a cloak of invisibility into a possibility