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Friday, April 11, 2008

Good news from Tatooine

Superconductors could help spacecraft hover:
Luke Skywalker's space racer hovered unpowered above the ground in the seminal Star Wars movie, but scientists have searched in vain for a real-world technology that realizes the same dream. Now, Cornell University researchers propose that superconductors paired with permanent magnets could fit the bill.
Some of us have been waiting for this since 1977.

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