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Vantablack
Dec 14 2016

Vantablack

Intro 简介

Do you like science? Do you enjoy reading about new kinds of technology? Perhaps, you already heard about Vantablack. Vantablack is like nothing you’ve ever seen before… because there’s nothing to see. Vantablack is a special coating that was developed in a laboratory. Because it blocks almost all light, it looks like absolute darkness.

Why is it called Vantablack? The name comes from Vertically Aligned NanoTube Arrays. Because Vantablack is so difficult to grow, it will be a very, very, very expensive coating. You won’t find Vantablack for sale in your local hardware store. In fact, it’ll be much farther away. It will be sent to space! Vantablack can help satellites give us more accurate information.

Gary thinks Vantablack is mind boggling. Listen to him telling Romeo all about it in today’s English lesson.

Do you like science? Do you enjoy reading about new kinds of technology? Perhaps, you already heard about Vantablack. Vantablack is like nothing you’ve ever seen before… because there’s nothing to see. Vantablack is a special coating that was developed in a laboratory. Because it blocks almost all light, it looks like absolute darkness.

Why is it called Vantablack? The name comes from Vertically Aligned NanoTube Arrays. Because Vantablack is so difficult to grow, it will be a very, very, very expensive coating. You won’t find Vantablack for sale in your local hardware store. In fact, it’ll be much farther away. It will be sent to space! Vantablack can help satellites give us more accurate information.

Gary thinks Vantablack is mind boggling. Listen to him telling Romeo all about it in today’s English lesson.

Dialogue 对话

Gary:  Did you see the video of Vantablack?

Romeo:  Uh, no, I’m clueless. You’ll have to clue me in on that one.

Gary:  So, imagine looking into something that’s painted black…

Romeo:  OK.

Gary:  ... and there being no light coming out of it, so you can’t see anything in it.

Romeo:  OK.

Gary:  This company has developed something they’re calling Vantablack. It’s a coating that they put on telescopes and satellites so that they can see farther and be more accurate...

Romeo:  OK.

Gary:  ... than anything that’s ever been developed.

Romeo:  And what are they trying to see?

Gary:  Well, things out in space. It actually blocks 99.96% of light, so…

Romeo:  That’s darkness.

Gary:  Yeah. Get this, it’s grown in a laboratory. I can’t imagine how expensive it’s going to be.

Romeo:  I would imagine it would be mind boggling, the price that they’re going to put on that, for sure.

Gary:  Totally.

Romeo:  Well, I guess it’s safe to say that Vantablack is the new black.

Quiz 测验

  1. What does Romeo think about Vantablack?

  2. What is NOT true about Vantablack?

  3. Something that’s hard to imagine is __.

  4. Which word is NOT an adjective?