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Editor’s note: In many cases, what once was science fiction has now become science fact. Science flashes by, known by only a select few. Art chases science, or, sometimes, predicts it. Sometimes, they are the same.
The Monitor asked Los Alamos National Laboratory scientist Dean Peterson what in the Harry Potter series is close to fact. Here are his responses.
Monitor: What features in “Harry Potter” are not that far-fetched scientifically?
Peterson: The cloak of invisibility is being researched with some promise of hiding objects on a small scale at infrared by using advanced metamaterials that do not reflect the light waves. The success of the Stealth fighters that are essentially invisible to radar is another example that indicates invisibility is a possibility.
Levitation based on the interaction of magnetic fields is another possibility being researched. Magnetically levitated trains (MAGLEV), flywheels and static electricity repulsion are examples that have already been implemented. Flying cars are already being sold so this is no longer science fiction.
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