How much of your property depends on things whose properties were unheard of 100 years ago?
Researchers have identified a metal that conducts electricity without conducting heat – an incredibly useful property that defies our current understanding of how conductors work.
The metal contradicts something called the Wiedemann-Franz Law, which basically states that good conductors of electricity will also be proportionally good conductors of heat, which is why things like motors and appliances get so hot when you use them regularly.
But a team in the US has shown that this isn’t the case for metallic vanadium dioxide (VO2) – a material that’s already well known for its strange ability to switch from a see-through insulator to a conductive metal at the temperature of 67 degrees Celsius (152 degrees Fahrenheit).
There was a recent post about advancements in genetics that had me extremely excited. Then I find things like this. It should not be underestimated what a discovery such as this could bring. When something comes along that goes against a set way of thinking or melds together different properties it opens the possibility for previously unthought of things to be invented.
Who knows what discoveries could turn fantasies into realities?