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Some meteorites contain superconducting bits

Find energizes search for exotic materials that conduct electricity sans resistance

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5:04pm, March 7, 2018
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SURPRISE INSIDE Scientists found small amounts of superconducting materials within two meteorites, including Mundrabilla (above), discovered in 1966 in Western Australia.

LOS ANGELES — In the search for new superconductors, scientists are leaving no stone — and no meteorite — unturned. A team of physicists has now found the unusual materials, famous for their ability to conduct electricity without resistance, within two space rocks.

The discovery implies that small amounts of superconducting materials might be relatively common in meteorites, James Wampler of the University of California, San Diego, said March 6 at a meeting of the American Physical Society. While the superconducting materials found weren’t new to science, additional interplanetary interlopers might harbor new, more technologically appealing varieties of superconductors, the researchers suggest.

Superconductors could potentially beget new, energy-saving technologies, but they have one fatal flaw: They require very cold temperatures to function, making them impractical for most uses. So scientists are

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