The Studies Show Podcast
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Episode 7: The LK-99 superconductor, and other physics false dawns
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Episode 7: The LK-99 superconductor, and other physics false dawns
The internet went nuts for the "room-temperature superconductor". Alas, it was nonsense
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If you were anywhere near social media at the start of August, you’ll have seen endless claims of a massive, world-changing breakthrough in physics: the LK-99 room-temperature superconductor.

In this episode, Tom and Stuart—neither of them anything approaching a physicist, so caveat emptor—discuss what a superconductor is, why it would be exciting (or not) for it to work at room temperature, and ask why people online got so excited over claims that one had been discovered… when it actually hadn’t.

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The Studies Show is produced by Julian Mayers at Yada Yada Productions.

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The Studies Show Podcast

The Studies Show

A weekly podcast about the latest scientific controversies, with Tom Chivers and Stuart Ritchie