High-Temperature Superconductor Cable Will Speed Up Development of Nuclear Fusion

Commonwealth Fusion Systems new high-temperature superconductor (HTS) cable can be engineered into magnets directly applicable to the high magnetic field approach to fusion. The new HTS cable, called VIPER, can carry over fifty thousand amps of current with magnetic fields over 10 Tesla. Some fusion magnets need to turn on and off continually. VIPER was …

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Robust Computational Model for New State of Matter – Strange Metals

Using cutting-edge computational techniques, researchers from the Flatiron Institute in New York City and Cornell University have solved the first robust theoretical model of strange metals. The work reveals that strange metals are a new state of matter. Strange metals share remarkable properties with black holes, opening exciting new directions for theoretical physics. In a …

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Microsoft’s Hunt for a Topological Quantum Computer Qubit

Microsoft is developing Majorana-based topological quantum computer qubits which will be higher-quality and lower error rate qubits. A high-quality hybrid system made of InSb nanowires with epitaxial-grown Al shells has revealed ballistic superconductivity and quantized zero-bias conductance peak. This holds great promise for making the long-sought topological quantum qubits. Theorists have already begun designing solid-state …

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Google’s Quantum Supremacy is a Foundation Where Quantum Systems Were Engineered to Solve Big Problems

The Google team forced themselves to work on the hardest part of quantum computers which is quantum systems engineering. Quantum systems engineering is making everything work together at the same time. The system maintained quantum operation for 200 seconds and they solved a problem in a search space of over ten thousand trillion (10^16) states. …

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China Starts Building Double Speed Maglev Test Track

China is building new faster prototype maglev train line. China existing high-speed trains are almost all faster versions of conventional steel wheels on steel rail trains. China only has one 19-mile long high-speed maglev train line from Pudong to the Shanghai International Airport. China has the longest network of conventional high-speed rail in the world. …

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Roadmap for Lab Experiments for Warp Drive

Joseph Agnew, undergrad and research assistant from the University of Alabama in Huntsville’s Propulsion Research Center (PRC), presented the results of his study “An Examination of Warp Theory and Technology to Determine the State of the Art and Feasibility“. This was part of a session at The Future of Nuclear and Breakthrough Propulsion”. The detection …

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AI and Supercomputing For Better Superconductors

Argonne researchers use genetic algorithms to find better superconductors. Certain patterns of defects composed of metallic inclusions were found to maximize the critical current. researchers developed a computer algorithm that treated each defect like a biological gene. Different combinations of defects yielded superconductors able to carry different amounts of current. Once the algorithm identified a …

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CERN Proposes 100 Trillion Electron Volt Supercollider for 2040

The Future Circular Collider (FCC) collaboration submitted its Conceptual Design Report (CDR) for publication, a four-volume document that presents the different options for a large circular collider of the future. It showcases the great physics opportunities offered by machines of unprecedented energy and intensity and describes the technical challenges, cost and schedule for realization. The …

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Black Holes, Quantum Systems, Superconductors and Planck’s Constant are Related

Researchers from the CNRS and Université de Sherbrooke, have discovered a universal law for the electronic properties of high-temperature superconductors. They exposed superconductors to an intense magnetic field to weaken superconductivity and reveal underlying properties. They measured the variations of electrical resistivity up to -263 °C, and developed a predictive model that can be applied …

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Superstrong materials for electric spaceplanes instead of space elevators

China has carbon nanotube bundles in the lab that are 20 times stronger than kevlar. They are trying to scale them up for mass production. If they succeed in mass producing tons of this material then what has been impossible become possible engineering. Superstrong materials were the key part of molecular nanotechnology speculation. Carbon nanotube …

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Catalyzing major human space activities by 2030

This October the Tennessee Valley Interstellar Workshop is hosting a special Symposium at the Y-12 New Hope Center in Oak Ridge TN that will promote safe, fast, and affordable human development of our solar system – the first real steps to becoming an interstellar civilization. Leaders from NASA, DOE ARPA-E, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, the …

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