Superconducting materials can do amazing things that appear to defy the laws of physics, but their major drawback is that superconducting properties don’t appear unless a material is cooled to near absolute zero.

Superconductors that would work at (or near)  room temperatures would, without exaggeration, would change the world and would have massive implications for quantum computing.   

Liv Boeree shares this exclusive behind-the-scenes interview with the scientists who just unearthed one of the holy grails of physics: a room-temperature superconductor!

Their discovered material — carbonaceous sulfur hydride — shows superconductivity at 15 degrees Celsius, a temperature FAR above all previous records. It takes us a huge step closer to the long-sought goal of creating electrical systems with perfect efficiency, which would transform the world’s energy grids, computation and transportation systems entirely.

 

Seeker explains how a new kind of nuclear battery could power missions into deep space.

In April of 2020, NASA researchers announced they had come up with a new approach to fusion that has the potential to power missions into deep space, and maybe even future laptops here on Earth. This is really exciting news as when it comes to making energy, nuclear fusion is the ultimate goal because of the promise it holds of clean limitless energy that is available on demand.

Just Have a Think explains why artificial chloroplasts may be the future of energy production.

Nature already knows how to convert energy from carbon dioxide and sunlight. After all it’s been doing it for millions of years in the form of photosynthesis, the fundamental building block for all life on earth. But although the process is extremely efficient, it’s not very fast. Now scientists have discovered how to mimic nature’s magic in a laboratory, and speed it up so much that it could become an industrial scale replacement for petrochemicals, allowing us to keep more and more crude oil in the ground where it belongs.