- Superconductors are materials that effortlessly conduct electricity.
- Until now, they’ve only worked at temperatures of minus 100 degrees Fahrenheit.
- But researchers recently found a superconductor that works at ambient temperatures when under immense pressure. They’re now trying to make it work without that pressure.
- Widespread superconductors could give rise to high-speed floating trains, super-powered computers, and very cheap electricity.
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Superconductors – materials that transport electricity with no energy lost – have until now only worked at extremely cold temperatures, from about -100 degrees Fahrenheit to the near-absolute zero of space. But this month, that changed.
In a study published October 14, a team of researchers described a superconductor they engineered, which works at