From the original thread:
1. Magic bullet
2. Polar shift
3. Gravity reversal
4. The sky falling
5. HAARP Wars
6. Time Travel announced (Ha!)
7. Free Energy (never)
Free energy covers this, methinks. Quite strange that he would feel uneasy about the possibility superconductors since their prime purpose is free
Just to explain why superconductors are so important:
Energy is wasted sending electricity from the power station to your home.
The reason for the waste is sending the voltage over long distances.
At the plant the company uses what is called a step up transformer to raise the voltage so that it can be sent from the power station to your home. In
the process the power lines running through your neighborhood are at 5000 volts or more, making them inefficient and dangerous.
Of course, your home can't use voltages in the 5000 volt range. So the company sends the high voltage through a step down transformer before it
enters your home.
What superconductivity does, in theory, is to negate the resistance in the wire allowing the electricity to flow without having to raise it to such
high levels and without creating a heat waste.
I certainly wouldn't be surprised if John Hopkins releases some finding this week. In February, this year, Hideo Hosono of the Tokyo Institute of
Technology and colleagues found a substance that becomes a superconductor at 26 kelvin.
Since then researchers have found materials that have transition temperatures as high as 55 kelvin.
His work was published in ScienceNow under the title, 'Second Family of High-Temperature Superconductors Discovered,' 17 April 2008.
Here's a blog
that gives the highlights.
Still, if Johns Hopkins raises the temperature of superconductivity to 100 kelvin, it won't be a great breakthrough. For superconductivity to be
useful it has to be at least room temperature which is about 293 kelvin. That's about 20 Centigrade, or 68 Fahrenheit.
Johns Hopkins Link here
[edit on 6/5/2008 by garyo1954]