You know the point in most science fiction movies where some “brilliant” scientist creates artificial intelligence or some other world-ending technology and everyone in the audience is like…”fuck dude, you didn’t see that coming”? Apparently the Chinese don’t watch sci-fi flicks because they’ve created an artificial black hole capable of trapping microwaves, and will soon be able to trap visible light. From New Scientist:
An electromagnetic “black hole” that sucks in surrounding light has been built for the first time.
The device, which works at microwave frequencies, may soon be extended to trap visible light, leading to an entirely new way of harvesting solar energy to generate electricity.
A theoretical design for a table-top black hole to trap light was proposed in a paper published earlier this year by Evgenii Narimanov and Alexander Kildishev of Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana. Their idea was to mimic the properties of a cosmological black hole, whose intense gravity bends the surrounding space-time, causing any nearby matter or radiation to follow the warped space-time and spiral inwards.
The rest of the article is pretty boring, but the point is if the entire world gets sucked into a giant gaping astronomical asshole with a “Made In China” sticker plastered to it in a few years, you know who to blame. That’s right. Heidi and Spencer Pratt…because fuck them, that’s why.