See-Through Vision Invented
... at least for a very thin barrier.
The reason you can't see through thin materials such as dry paint, eggshells, paper, or skin is because any light that manages to pass through them is scattered in complicated and seemingly random ways.
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However, it's actually possible to project light through such opaque materials and reveal objects hidden behind them, according to a new paper by scientists at the City of Paris's Industrial Physics and Chemistry Higher Educational Institution (ESPCI).
The trick is knowing exactly how materials alter light that enters them.
In experiments, the researchers shone a green laser beam at a roughly 80-micrometer-thick layer—that's 80 thousandths of a millimeter—of zinc oxide, a common ingredient in white paints. On