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China leads in research for ‘coat of invisibility’ and other ‘super materials’

Cloaks like these in the near future? Photo: nost.org.cn

Cloaks like these in the near future? Photo: nost.org.cn

People are impressed by the coat of invisibility in the fiction movie Harry Potter, but you perhaps do not know that researchers in various countries are making great efforts to develop various super materials including the material to make such coats of invisibility.

Mil.huanqiu.com says in its recent report that there are also quite a few other super materials with such “magic” that people are competing with one another to develop, and China is leading the field.

These include technologies to make invisible aircraft, satellite antennae the size of a notebook, intellectual shoes able to sense morphology, elastic porcelain able to recover its shape and a protection wall able to reduce the effects of earthquake and tsunami.

Scientists call such super material metamaterial. There has been fierce competition in developing metamaterials throughout the world.

The Pentagon has started its metamaterials research plan, while six US semiconductor giants including Intel, AMD and IBM have established a joint fund for the research of metamaterials.

Europe organised more than 50 top scientists in that area to focus on such research and has provided them with huge funds.

Japan has made a research plan of two metamaterial projects, and provided 3 billion Yen for each project.

The following metamaterials have been developed:

  • US scientists have developed a recovery porcelain tube able to recover its shape after 50% reduction of its size by pressure;
  • Germany has developed a piece of invisible material;
  • France discovered a metamaterial able to reduce the effect of earthquake and the way to drill precision holes on the ground to divert the waves of earthquake; and
  • Netherlands has developed intellectual rubber for the super shoes mentioned above.

However, the report says that China is the world leader in developing metamaterials.

Dr. Liu Ruopeng and five other scholars who returned to China after studying abroad set up the Kuang-chi Institute in Shenzhen in 2010.

They have developed an electromagnetic metamaterial to make a mobile satellite antenna for broadband connection to a satellite, anywhere in China.

Kuang-chi has installed such antennae in 22 provinces in China over the past three years.

In addition, the institute has developed an 18cm x 18 cm board of invisibility. A fighter jet is invisible if covered by such material.

Contributed by Tiananmen’s Tremendous Achievements

Source: mil.huanqiu.com “China leads the world in making breakthroughs in development of super materials that helps the development of China’s homegrown stealth fighter jets” (summary by Chan Kai Yee based on the report in Chinese)


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Author of the book "Tiananmen's Tremendous Achievements" about how with the help of Tiananmen Protests, talented scholars with moral integrity seized power in the Party and state and brought prosperity to China. The second edition of the book will be published within a few days to mark the 25th anniversary of Tiananmen Protests All the parts in the first edition remain in the second edition with a few changes due to information available later and better understanding. There are also some changes for improvements of style. The new parts are Chapters 12-19 on events in China after the first edition was published: The fierce power struggle for succession between reformists and conservatives; Xi Jinping winning all elders’ support during his mysterious disappearance for 2 weeks in early September, 2012; and Xi Jinping Cyclone. Chan Kai Yee's new book: SPACE ERA STRATEGY: The Way China Beats The US An eye-opening book that tells the truth how the US is losing to China. The US is losing as it adopts the outdated strategy of Air-Sea Battle while China adopts the space era strategy to pursue integrated space and air capabilities: It is losing due to its diplomacy that has given rise to Russian-Chinese alliance. US outdated strategy has enabled China to catch up and surpass the US in key weapons: Hypersonic weapons (HGV) that Pentagon regards as the weapon that will dominate the world in the future. Aerospaceplane in China’s development of space-air bomber that can engage enemy anywhere in the world within an hour and destroy an entire aircraft carrier battle group within minutes. Anti-satellite (ASAT) weapons, anti-ASAT weapons, stealth aircrafts, drones, AEW&C, etc. The book gives detailed descriptions of China’s weapon development based on information mainly from Chinese sources that the author monitors closely. U.S. Must Not Be Beaten by China! China is not a democracy. Its political system cannot prevent the emergence of a despotic leader or stop such a leader when he begins to bring disasters to people. A few decades ago, Mao Zedong, the worst tyrant in world history did emerge and bring disasters to Chinese people. He wanted to fight a nuclear war to replace capitalism with communism but could not bring nuclear holocaust to world people as China was too weak and poor at that time. If a despot like Mao Zedong emerges when China has surpassed the US in military strength, world people will suffer the misery experienced by Chinese people in Mao era. China surpassing the US in GDP is not something to worry about as China has the heavy burden to satisfy its huge population, but China surpassing the US in military strength will be world people’s greatest concern if China remains an autocracy. US people are of much better quality than Chinese people. What they lack is a wise leader to adopt the correct strategy and diplomacy and the creative ways to use its resources in developing its military capabilities. I hope that with the emergence of a great leader, the US can put an end to its decline and remain number one in the world. China, US, space era strategy, air-sea battle, space-air bomber, arms race, weapon development, chan kai yee


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