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Study Bolsters Room-Temperature Superconductor Claim

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The superconductor material in the experiments was made of lutetium, a silvery-white rare earth metal, and hydrogen with a little bit of nitrogen mixed in.

The original research reported the material appeared to be a superconductor at temperatures as warm as 70 degrees Fahrenheit when subjected to pressure of 145,000 pounds per square inch.

Credit: Science Picture Library/Science Source

A magical material that could effortlessly conduct electricity at room temperatures would likely transform civilization, reclaiming energy otherwise lost to electrical resistance and opening possibilities for novel technologies.

Yet a claim of such a room-temperature superconductor published in March in the prestigious journal Nature, drew doubts, even suspicion by some that the results had been fabricated.

But now, a group of researchers at the University of Illinois Chicago reports that it has verified a critical measurement: the apparent vanishing of electrical resistance.

This result does not prove that the material is a room-temperature superconductor, but it may motivate other scientists to take a closer look.

From The New York Times
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