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Monday, 7 October 2013

The Invisible Man

H.G. Wells. When not warning us about flesh eating Morlocks or Aliens that caused a real world national panic, he was writing about how mad you can go once you turn simple science into a terrible superpower.  The Invisible man was such a story.  It was one of the lesser known Universal Monsters, but has received enough adaptations to gain it's fair share of cult.  From movies, to TV shows, to a spot on the League of Extraordinary Gentlemen. This story made us fear what we couldn't even see.

The story goes like so.  Meet Griffin, a scientist who specialized in optics, invented a formula that turns the user invisible.  Upon taking the formula, Griffin went mad with power and started a moodswing between trying to find a cure and terrorizing the populace with his new found ability.

Now for the fun part.  Could It Exist In Real Life?  Yes, but it hasn't been made yet.

First let's get down to the obivous,  yes there are ways of making one invisible.  From certain color changes in clothes and decor in the form of camouflage Other things like using certain metals and technology to make you technically invisible to radars and other forms of detections, much like the stealth planes. Last but not least you have nature's original Invisible Man, the Chameleon.  While now, the color change on that one has been debunked as the result of temperature change;  There is still the mystery of how it always blends into the surrounding colors.  I theorize that it doesn't that it's simply flashing every color at once in milliseconds. Like that controversial seizure scene in Pokemon only faster.

Next and last this was something that just hit me.  While there is no chemical way so far to make us completely invisible.  Like the Chameleon there is a way to change our colors.  Now I know what you're thinking "-Insert Michael Jackson Joke Here-"   But no, there is a more natural way of doing so.  On Popular Mechanics For Kids, there was an episode on Worm Research.  They discovered that if you can change a worm's diet you can change their color from their natural pinkish/brownish to a glowing green.  How they did this, they refuse to say on account of Trade Secret and all that.  However it doesn't apply to worms only, humans can do it too.  For example if we eat too many carrots we absorb a biological pigment called Carotene that when enough is consumed, you can turn a bright orange.  Wow I think I just proved the existence of Tamaranianface.  There is also the Collidal Silver Mathew Pattrick of Game Theory fame. As well as the classic "Piss Blue" prank that Biomedical students play on one and other.  I recommend you not try the second 2 at home.

All and all the question is which chemicals would provide the same effect that Griffin figured out.  We may never know in our life time, but we can hope we never have to as the power of total invisibility is one that can drive you mad.  As proven with poor Griffin.

As usual, debate, argue and let me know what I missed. Stay Tuned For More and beware the Invisible Man.  He could be anywhere.  Even Behind you as you sit at your computer reading this.

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