Scientists Created a Room Temperature Superconductor With Lasers

Superconductors are supposed to change the world. The only problem is that all of the materials we've used to produce need to be kept at near absolute zero temperatures in order to be superconducting. (See above.) But now, thanks to high-powered lasers, scientists successfully made a piece of ceramic superconducting » 12/04/14 5:35pm 12/04/14 5:35pm

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

Magnetic Levitation Looks Magical in Slow Motion

What do you get if you take some magnets, superconductors, and liquid nitrogen, and a slow-mo camera to film them with? This kind of magical footage is what. » 1/10/14 7:51am 1/10/14 7:51am

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

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. » 12/20/12 9:31am 12/20/12 9:31am

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

Magnetic Shields to Protect Spaceships From Re-Entry and Klingon Attacks

Do you know why James T. Kirk is happy? Because those crazy Europeans are developing a magnetic shield that will protect spaceships when entering the Earth's atmosphere. Well, that and because he's thinking about doing naughty things with Uhura. » 12/03/09 7:53pm 12/03/09 7:53pm

NASA's New Super-Magnet Is So Strong It Could Make Lab Rats Levitate

NASA scientists have created an magnetic field powerful enough to make lab mice levitate, which is a big Where's My Back to the Future Skateboard breakthrough. The only problem is that the mice have to be high as kites too. » 9/10/09 12:00pm 9/10/09 12:00pm

Scientists Discover Superconducting Material That's Just Two Atoms Thick

University of Texas researchers stumbled upon a new superconducting metal that is the world's thinnest at a mere two atoms—slightly thicker than a marathon runner by comparison. » 6/11/09 2:30am 6/11/09 2:30am