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New Clues Emerge in 30-Year-Old Superconductor Mystery

One of the greatest mysteries of experimental physics is how so-called high-temperature superconducting materials work. Despite their name, high-temperature superconductors materials that carry electrical current with no resistance operate at chilly temperatures less than minus 135 degrees Celsius. They can be used to make superefficient power cables, medical MRIs, particle accelerators, and other devices. Cracking the mystery of how these materials work could lead to superconducting devices that operate at room temperatures and could revolutionize electrical devices, including laptops and phones.”

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