We can all become superheroes with new materials discovered through science; introducing D3O, a material which will allow us to become indestructible.

The superheroes are the mirrors in which one reflects on the larger side of one’s self, that which strives to vanquish the evil that one encounters. And in order to do so, we must be equipped with what we do not have: superpowers. In this truth lies the key difference between ourselves and superheroes. If we were able, we too would truly eliminate the bad. Unfortunately, we do not have these powers, so we can forgive ourselves for this small display of cowardice…Within the superheroes lies the fascination of this dream and our conscience’s alibi.

Times have been hard for maintaining our excuses and alibis because science has progressed exceptionally in this time period, and the amount of our discoveries in the past ten years of this new millennium equates to the number of all of the discoveries made in the last thousands years of history. One of the most important fields of discovery is material science, which has begun to mix the properties of computer chips with that of telecommunications, and mixed with nanotechnology. The result is extraordinary. Computer chips have brought about the ability to consider, to work out information, and to summarize. Today’s telecommunications capabilities allow us access and communication 24 hours a day and without any burdensome lines. Nanotechnologies have the ability to miniaturize everything and mix, weave, and tie together all of the other existing materials.

The result? Superpowers.

Take invisibility for example. Invisibility has been studied at the University of California in Berkeley by a team of scientists at the “Nanoscale Science and Engineering Center” run by Professor Xiang Zhang. For the first time in history, a 3D material has been created that inverts the natural direction of visible light; by using close infrared waves, it has the ability to turn objects invisible to the human eye. Or take for example indestructibility, which will soon become a reality thanks to the engineer Richard Palmer from Brighton in the United Kingdom. He has created D3O, a material that, on impact, can change its molecular structure and become indestructible for split second. This crucial hundredth of a second allows the material to sustain the entire traumatic blow, thus saving the person for which the blow was intended. The following video will help explain D3O and its powers of indestructibility.



Vito Di Bari