DailyDirt: Closer To Understanding Superconductivity

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The phenomenon of superconductivity could be extremely useful -- if the materials that exhibit the behavior could do so at ambient conditions. The first material discovered to conduct electricity with no resistance was mercury in 1911, but mercury requires temperatures below 10 °K to do this. In 1986, a high temperature superconductor was found that seemed to work around liquid nitrogen temperatures. We've made some progress pushing the limits of the superconductors we've made so far, and it looks like we may be on the cusp of a much better understanding these materials and how they work. Here are just a few links on the matter. If you'd like to read more awesome and interesting stuff, check out this unrelated (but not entirely random!) Techdirt post via StumbleUpon.
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  1. identicon
    Editor-In-Chief, 22 Dec 2014 @ 6:14pm

    One reason for the lack of progress in understanding is ...

    the underlying model or models they use. The Standard Model, though somewhat successful, has a few major flaws. It has too many magic numbers and/or properties being assigned to the components of the model. They use the "just is" methodology instead of looking for other models that may give better relationships. This we can put down to the "don't rock the boat" mentality of preserving reputations.

    I will not be surprised when the current crop of models are laid to rest and completely new models are put in place. There are a number of alternatives, some of which date back to the 1920's or there-about which are being revived which have the potential of a much better view of the natural world.

    David Oliver Graeme Samuel Offenbach

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