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How can superconductivity transform our society?
The properties of materials have huge influence on our lives: the electrical conductivity of copper, or the magnetic nature of iron, underpin the functioning of modern technology like computers, satellites, our electrical grid and more.
While our understanding of these material properties has been refined over centuries, there are still surprises for those who know where to look. At extreme conditions — for example, very low temperatures or very high pressures — some materials exhibit properties such as superconductivity or unusual forms of magnetism. If these strange behaviours can be understood and replicated under less extreme conditions, it could lead to technologies far more advanced than those available today.