HOAX: Controlled Quantum Levitation Á La PlayStation's Wipeout [VIDEO]

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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