Technology

May 11, 2017

Behind the Scenes: How the British Library Digitizes One of the World’s Biggest Books

Until just 5 years ago, The Klencke Atlas—a collection of maps named after Johannes Klencke, a key figure in the 17th century Dutch sugar trade—remained the world's biggest book. Housed in the British Library‘s cartographic collection and composed in 1660, the large-scale book has fascinated bibliophiles and map enthusiasts for centuries. While access to the atlas has been limited in the past, it has recently undergone a digitization project that now allows anyone to virtually leaf through its pages.

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March 31, 2017

“World’s Blackest Black” Absorbs So Much Light It Makes 3D Objects Look Flat

If you thought that all black was the same, think again. Vantablack, developed by a UK company in 2014 and touted as the “world's blackest black,” is being one-upped by a new version of itself. Surrey NanoSystems developed the substance from densely packed carbon nanotubes, creating a non-reflective substance that absorbs 99.6% of the light that hits it. But things just got blacker. The company has continued to push their technology and just recently announced Vantablack 2.

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