From Volume 5, Issue Number 38 of EIR Online, Published Sept.19, 2006

Latest From The Worldwide LaRouche Youth Movement

Superconductivity Conference
Seattle LYM Conduct Between the Notes

by Wesley Irwin, LaRouche Youth Movement

LaRouche Youth Movement (LYM) organizers attended the week-long Applied Superconductivity Conference in Seattle, Washington, Aug. 27-Sept. 1, to interject some scientific and economic reality, and to learn more about the amazing technology of superconductivity. We found an open response from hundreds of scientists, who need our help in keeping science alive. We happily discussed solutions to the breakdown of the U.S. science orientation, and the ongoing global economic breakdown.

Superconductivity is one of the most amazing scientific discoveries of the 20th Century. This still largely unexplained property causes certain materials, at very low temperatures, to lose all resistance to the flow of electricity, thus enabling a variety of new technological applications. Its development could revolutionize our use of electricity, enabling higher efficiencies than previously imagined were possible.

Discovered in 1911, by a Dutch physicist named H.K. Onnes, superconductivity was first demonstrated in cooled mercury metal. Through the 1900s, many other materials were found to be superconductors at temperatures below 23.2 kelvin. These materials are referred to as low-temperature superconductors (LTS), while those discovered decades later are known today as high-temperature superconductors (HTS), and are used at temperatures above 23.3K....

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