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80-Year Quest to Create Metallic Hydrogen May Finally Be Complete

Physicist Eugene Paul Wigner predicted more than 80 years ago that hydrogen, the most abundant element in the universe, could turn into an electricity-conducting solid metal at the right temperature and pressure. Scientists have spent decades since attempting to synthesise this material—and may have finally done so. Read More >>

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New Paper Confirms Near-Room-Temperature Superconductivity in Wild, Hydrogen-Rich Material

A team of physicists has published peer-reviewed results documenting near-room-temperature superconductivity in the hydrogen-rich compound lanthanum hydride. Read More >>

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The Quest for the Most Elusive Material in Physics

Zack Geballe spent months screwing together pairs of polished diamonds at the Carnegie Institution for Science’s Geophysical Laboratory. Theory predicted that squeezed between the diamonds’ tips could be one of the most miraculous substances of modern physics—a material that, at near room temperature, could transport electricity without losing power. He just needed to get the samples to Argonne National Lab in the US city of Chicago to heat them up with laser pulses. Read More >>

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‘Magic’ Twist in Stacked Graphene Reveals Potentially Powerful Superconducting Behaviour

High-temperature electricity without resistance could revolutionise electronics. It could take less energy to move electric charge, meaning better-performing, more-efficient electronics that are cheaper to run. It could cut down on energy costs, and might even help researchers realise better quantum computers. Scientists have gotten a step closer with a little “magic” twist. Read More >>

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“Holy Grail” of Superconductors Could Revolutionise Electronics

The smell of rotten eggs may make you think of a nasty rubbish bin situation, but someday it could help power your high-speed trains. Hydrogen sulphide — the chemical compound that emits a powerful rotten egg smell — is a superconductor with enormous potential. Read More >>

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Magnetic Levitation Seems Magical in Slow Motion

What do you get if you take some magnets, superconductors, liquid nitrogen and a slow-mo camera with which to film it all? This kind of magical footage is what. Read More >>

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How a Superconducting Camera Could Revolutionise Astrophysics

Over the past four decades, the field of astrophysics has enjoyed a pair of massive technological advances. First, we jumped from archaic photographic plates that relied on chemical emulsions to charge couple devices (CCDs). Now, the transition from CCDs to hyperspectral imaging devices that utilise exotic superconducting materials could change how we see the stars forever. Read More >>

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A Mobius Strip Track Makes Magnet Hovercrafts Even Cooler

Superconducting magnets are freakin' awesome. You should know this already. But the folks at the Royal Institution took it a step further with their futuristic upside-down, Möbius strip track that's fit for a racing game set in 21xx. Hopefully this is what the Hot Wheels of the future are like. Err, "Hot Superconducting Magnets," I guess. Read More >>

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This 18-Year-Old’s Invention Could Make Your Future Phone Instacharge

While you are hanging out on the Internet (in your underwear, maybe?) on a Sunday, kids that are smarter than either you or I are out there getting ready to change the world. 18-year-old Eesha Khare (left), for example, not only invented a supercapacitor that could someday be a phone battery that charges in a handful of seconds; she also won £32,500 for it. Read More >>

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Why Superconductors Are Insanely Amazing

Everyone always bangs on about superconductors as if they're some super-amazing scientific miracle, but where's the proof, eh? Eh? Umm, here it is: check out how they compare to plain old normal conductors, and you'll be gobsmacked. Read More >>