Research findings are rarely black and white but this one is a genuine exception. Scientists in the US claim to have created the blackest material ever recorded.

The light-snaring creation — a miniature forest of carbon nanotubes grown on blackened aluminium foil — captures 99.995% of light falling onto it. Since virtually none is reflected back to the observer’s eye, it looks like a peculiar void.

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