The Washington Times - May 1, 2009, 10:15AM

Researchers say they are close to perfecting an invisibility cloak, the BBC is reporting.

Two research teams have created a miniature “carpet cloak” of silicone-based materials that have rendered objects invisible under near-infrared light.

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Because the approach can be scaled down further in size, researchers say this is a “major step” towards a cloak that would work for visible light, the BBC reports.

I don’t get it.  If you can’t see it, how do you know it’s really working?  I mean, you might think you’re looking at the invisibility cloak when you’re really just looking at a clean spot on your carpet.

The researchers say they have temporarily “misplaced” the invisibility carpet and they are using the “touch” method to locate it.

It’s great that the first invisibility cloak is really an invisibility carpet because that makes sweeping dirt under a rug much more effective.