The world’s lightest and strongest material has finally been put to awesome use making the coolest RC plane imaginable. The very low drag delta wing design of the looks not unlike a paper airplane except that the Carbon Flyer is far tougher and it’s self-propelled. Using two tiny high output electric motors this is the lightest and toughest RC plane that also happens to be by far the coolest flying gadget released this year.
More than an RC plane the Carbon Flyer is also a camera carrying drone able to stay aloft for three minutes at a time. Controlled via a smartphone app at a range of up to 240 feet, which it will cover quickly with a top speed of 40mph, this is simplicity and fun wrapped in carbon black.
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The record for the world’s darkest material now belongs to Surrey Nanosystems Vantablack. A material that will absorb 99.96 percent of all light that lands on its surface. A substance so dark that shadows won’t fall on Vantablack while all surface details disappear into the darkness.
As the name may suggest Vanta (Vertically Aligned Nano Tube Arrays) consists of a forest of carbon nanotubes grown standing upright on aluminium foil. Any light that strikes the surface simply bounces between the nanotubes till it is completely converted to heat.
Fooling our eyes with a lack of information no light is able to reflect off its surface, forcing shadows to disappear and altering its surface so that it always appears to be perfectly flat.
Currently materials such as Vantablack are used in photographic systems and telescopes but here at Highpants we can see this one making it onto the Range Rovers owned by sports stars.
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