Red wine offers clue to superconductive future

A surprising breakthrough moment in superconducting physics has come from, of all places, a boozy office party at the National Institute for Materials Science in Tsukuba Japan, according to a recent AFP report. Researchers, lead by Yoshihiko Takano, made their discovery when they put tablets of an iron-based compound called Fe(Te,S) into alcoholic drinks at an office party a year ago.The phenomenon of superconductivity is the zero-loss flow of electricity through certain materials. When an electric current passes through a conductor such as copper and silver, part of the charge is lost as heat, a loss that increases with the distance the charge travels.Electrical resistance suddenly drops to zero in some metals when they are cooled to near absolute zero. This also produces a strong magnetic field, which has found many useful applications, including in MRI body scanners.After being soaked for 24 hours in red wine or other alcoholic beverages, the team discovered the compound became superconductive when cooled

Red wine offers clue to superconductive future

Japanese scientists at a boozy office party stumbled across a discovery they hope will help revolutionise efficient energy transmission one day: red wine makes a metal compound superconductive.

Fri 13 May 11 from The Independent

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Is Red Wine The Key To Superconductivity?

A surprising breakthrough moment in superconducting physics has come from, of all places, a boozy office party at the National Institute for Materials Science in Tsukuba Japan, according to ...

Fri 13 May 11 from RedOrbit

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