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Drunk Japanese scientists accidentally discover that soaking an iron-based compound in red wine makes it superconductive

Drunk Japanese scientists accidentally discover that soaking an iron-based compound in red wine makes it superconductive

Japanese scientists at a boozy office party stumbled across a discovery they hope will help revolutionize efficient energy transmission one day: red wine makes a metal compound superconductive. WorldShares lets you earn donations for your favorite nonprofit. Earn up to 20 points now. Learn More Earn Points What's this? Comments Email Twitter Stumble Digg Share The researchers plan to showcase their surprise findings later this year, the 100th anniversary of the discovery of the phenomenon of superconductivity, the zero-loss flow of electricity through certain materials. The "eureka" moment came when National Institute for Materials Science researchers found that an iron-based compound became superconductive after being soaked in alcoholic drinks such as beer, wine and sake. Red wine was the hands-down winner in producing the desired physical effect, although no-one is quit...

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