As reader Paul points out, both Romulans and Tolkien would be proud. Scientists (those goofy-loofy, barrel-of-laughs-and-carcinogenic-material lab rats) are THIS close to bringing out the invisibility cloak.
Cloaking devices are built on the principle that radiation can be made to go around an object, by using special materials that are set in a circular pattern. The waves propagate through the material and to the other side, bending around the shielded object, partially the same way light can be directed through bent fiber optics with minimum losses.
Hot-diggedy-dog! All the free blueberry danishes I can stomach! Oh, I feel queasy in advance…