Building better stuff

I always tell people that if I didn’t love software development so much, I’d be a physicist researching new materials. There are new, cool things being developed all the time: paints that generate electricity, flexible LEDs that outperform Neon lights, solids that are more than 99% air.

If you ever read an article about a new material, always be on the lookout for words that start with “super”. That may not sound as exciting at “ultra” or “mega”, but in physics, “super” is where the crazy things happen. A supercondutive loop of wire can hold an electric current forever. A superfluid, placed in a closed loop, can flow endlessly without friction. And then there’s superhydrophobia, superdiamagnetism, supersolids, …

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