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Superconductors are nothing new. Lowering the temperature of certain materials to extremes such that zero electrical resistivity follows, and the result: levitation. It's a neat trick that you learn in any basic college physics course, but some feel superconductors could have major applications outside of the classroom or lab--like powering a hovercraft, for example. Below is a video that claims to show just that. While we normally like to speak in terms of real technology and factual information, we thought we'd break the rules to share something fun, even if it's a hoax.

This video comes from an obviously fake source, JIST (Japan Institute of Science and Technology), with a rather brief note: "Here is a short footage on our recent work on quantum levitation. We were inspired by the game Wipe'out to do our work. With this new technology, we hope to revolutionize the world of motor transport; Maybe in a near future we could assist to a real Wipe'out race."

We're not buying it, but when the worlds of transportation, science and video games converge, we can't help but take note.



[Source: z6mag]


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      axiomatik
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      "Superconductors are nothing new. Lowering the temperature of certain materials to extremes such that zero electrical resistivity follows, and the result: levitation." What kind of nonsense is this? Superconductors don't make thing spontaneously float. In a MagLev system, you have permanent magnets in the object that floats, and electro-magnets in the track. The opposing magnetic fields causes the object to float. It takes a lot of electricity to make heavy objects float, hence the research into superconductors. If you are dumping megawatts of electricity into the system to make something float, you don't want to be losing 30% of that electricity to resistance.