Levitating Toy Trains Are the Best Use of Superconductors Yet

Science and electrical engineering types might have a list of practical uses for superconductors a mile long, but the rest of us really only care about how they can make things magically levitate. Just imagine if a company like Lionel revealed a levitating train set available in time for the holidays, the demand for… » 9/09/14 12:36pm 9/09/14 12:36pm

How a Superconducting Camera Could Revolutionize 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 utilize exotic… » 11/14/13 11:40am 11/14/13 11:40am

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… » 6/29/13 12:12pm 6/29/13 12:12pm

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 Saturday, kids that are smarter than either of us are out there getting ready to change the world. 18-year-old Eesha Khare (left), for instance, not only invented a supercapacitor that could someday be a phone battery that charges in just a… » 5/18/13 4:58pm 5/18/13 4:58pm

NASA's Superconductor-Stuffed Amplifier Will Collect Clear Signals From…

By using the superconductors titanium nitride and niobium titanium nitride as the core of their new amplifier, researchers at Caltech and NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory will be able to collect signals from black holes and quantum particles alike with little-to no noise mucking up the sensitive data. » 7/16/12 2:00pm 7/16/12 2:00pm