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A short while ago we reported on the blackest of black pigment currently available, «Vantablack», which found its first application in the automotive industry on the BMW X6 Coupé. In the meantime, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) has made things even blacker: engineers have succeeded in generating a black which is ten times darker than anything that has existed so far, using structures known as «carbon nanotubes». The future has yet to reveal what artists, designers, architects and other users will produce with this material. The first project to be completed is «The Redemption of Vanity» by Dietmut Strebe, the current Artist in Residence at the MIT Center for Art, Science & Technology. A spectacular diamond set against a black background is coated with the new black material, rendering it invisible to the human eye.

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