If you’re someone who loves an internet hype cycle, good news: There’s a new group of scientists who claim to have discovered a near-room-temperature superconductor.

Yes, again.

People on X, formerly Twitter, and Hacker News and all the other places science enthusiasts post are getting worked up about a new material described in a paper that was posted on Tuesday to arXiv, the server that is pre-print. (it ought to be mentioned that a lot of of the individuals try not to seem to be researchers not to mention condensed-matter physicists.) The Chinese team says the material exhibits one of the properties of superconductors at temperatures as warm as -23˚ C. That’s not room temperature, but it’s much easier to maintain than existing high-temperature superconductors, which have to be at around -170˚ C.retractionIf the paper’s results are what they say, that is.

It wouldn’t be the first time people’s hopes were dashed in the paper. Last was a banner year for room-temperature superconductors that weren’t year. The one which grabbed the absolute most headlines — LK-99 — dominated the online world for a couple days throughout the summertime before succumbing to your method that is scientific. Turns out it was little more than a refrigerator magnet that is lead-laced. A different one, detailed in a paper co-authored by Ranga Dias among others, made a splash in March simply to be susceptible to a* that is( in September.(*)This new material picks up where LK-99 left off, which isn’t really an auspicious point that is starting(*)

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