OMG: Harry Potter’s Invisibility Cloak May Actually Be a Possibility
All of us Muggles have been hoping, wishing, praying that we’ll one day get our Hogwarts acceptance letter in the mail. Now, we’re getting one step closer to the Harry Potter world becoming real life, because researchers are oh-so-close to creating an IRL invisibility cloak.
In a paper published in Nature last Friday, researchers from the School of Electronic Engineering and Computer Science at the Queen Mary University of London have created a device that can make curved surfaces look like they’re flat using electromagnetic waves. If that sentence meant absolutely nothing to you, it means that science has pretty much made an actual Muggle version of an “invisibility cloak.”
So how exactly does this magic work? Essentially, the research team used a material that consists of seven different layers, each layer with different electric properties. This material, when coated over another object, is thus able to “hide” the object because it concentrates the electromagnetic wave when it would normally scatter it all over the darn place. “Previous research has shown this technique working at one frequency,” Yang Hao, the study’s co-author, said in a press release. “However, we can demonstrate that it works at a greater range of frequencies making it more useful for other engineering applications, such as nano-antennas and the aerospace industry.”
Of course, we still have a long time before we’re able to use this invisibility cloak to explore in the Restricted Section of the library, but according to the study’s lead author Luigi La Spada, the research could have various impacts. “Perhaps most importantly, the approach used can be applied to other physical phenomena that are described by wave equations, such as acoustics,” he said in the press release. “For this reason, we believe that this work has a great industrial impact.”
Just goes to show that we may not have J.K. Rowling’s brand of magic, but we have science, and that’s pretty much the next best thing.
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(Photos via Warner Bros. Pictures)
Pocket doors are so delightful in and of themselves. They appear when you need them, get tucked away when you don't, and make it easy to define rooms while keeping an open floor plan. Add to the pocket door a joyful patterned wallpaper surprise, and you will be sent right into fits of visual jubilation! Or something ;) Today we're sharing two simple and impactful pocket door makeovers that zhuzh up your space in a jiffy.
Anjelika Temple here, co-founder of Brit + Co and proud owner of several pocket doors! When I moved into my first real grown-up house a couple years ago, I knew I wanted to incorporate wallpaper so reached out to our friends at Chasing Paper to see how we might collaborate. It felt like a total lightbulb moment when I realized I could create a surprise pop of pattern on a couple sets of pocket doors.
Not only is it a whimsical way to bring color into a space, but the doors double as picture-perfect backdrops for all your SFH (selfies from home, obvs).
A few pro tips about install:
- Removable wallpaper is miraculously forgiving! You can take it on and off multiple times without it losing integrity (or mucking up your surface).
- I ordered this adhesive wallpaper installation kit with a squeegee and xacto knife and it worked super well. I also recommend a sharp pair of scissors for cutting longer lines.
- This is a two-person job! Get a friend, put on a playlist, and get ready to bond.
- Wild, organic patterns like Tally are great because it's challenging to spot any imperfections in pattern alignment; keep pattern choice in mind if you've got a lot of corners to match up. More geometric patterns and larger shapes leave less room for error (but are awesome in their own right!).
BATHROOM POCKET DOORS
In our primary bathroom, we chose the wallpaper pattern Tally, designed by Kelly Ventura, in White and Navy. In our space, the navy reads as a soft black, which is perfect for the space. It's easy to combine an ever-rotating collection of linens with the Tally pattern.
I love how the white trim becomes the perfect frame around this pocket door piece of art.
My favorite moment in this space is the fact that you actually get a third pop of pattern thanks to our serendipitously placed mirror!
And yes, this one works pretty darn well as a backdrop too ;)
LIVING ROOM DOUBLE DOORS
This set of doors is definitely a focal point of our home. It separates our living room from our primary bedroom which opens onto our backyard. The doors are pretty much always open, but when they're closed we wanted to evoke a fun, nature-inspired vibe. With that in mind, we selected the Lines and Moons pattern by Thimblepress in Green and Brown.
Earth mama vibes up in here! I love how the shapes and colors echo the ferns you see through the windows and the acorn wood details throughout the house.
Love this pattern moment, and xacto-ing out the door handle is def on the oddly satisfying DIY list.
For a pattern lover like me, I love that now I have this instant photo backdrop!
Thanks to Chasing Paper for providing these rolls of pure pattern amazingness. Head to chasingpaper.com to find our own favorites and start adding patterns to your home!
(Wallpaper wingwoman: Kayla Haykin; Photography: Kurt Andre)