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The first metamaterial superconductor: One step closer to futuristic physics-defying contraptions

The first metamaterial superconductor: One step closer to futuristic physics-defying contraptions

In the realms of electronics, magnetism, and quantum mechanics, superconductivity has an almost mythical status. Some materials, when cooled to a critical temperature, electrical resistance instantly drops to zero and magnetic fields are completely ejected. Superconducting magnets are already used in MRI machines and particle accelerators like CERN’s LHC, and are being considered for advanced […]

20 Things You Didn’t Know About Nuclear Accidents

Nuclear meltdowns have both harmed and benefited wildlife in contamination zones. 1. The worst nuclear accident in history, the 1986 Chernobyl disaster in Ukraine — then part of the Soviet Union — will leave measurable radioactive contamination in a 15,000-square-mile area for 300 years. 2. Shortly after the accident, needles on pine trees in a […]

The future of permanent, fully integrated prosthetic limbs and bionic implants

The future of permanent, fully integrated prosthetic limbs and bionic implants

Despite many incredible advances, the functionality of prosthetic limbs remains limited. There’s no mystery why any kind of arm or leg that you strap on to the soft exterior surfaces of your body — and remove just as handily — will always remain a foreign contrivance with only mortal power. In order to wield any […]