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Scotch Tape Aids Superconductivity Breakthrough
Sometimes Simplicity Is What Works Best!
SevenCubed




msg:4495286
 6:03 pm on Sep 14, 2012 (gmt 0)

Can't help but smile after reading this story.

Spoiler Alert For Lucy24: They are indicating it is better than duct tape.


The results of the experiment, published Tuesday in the online journal Nature Communications, may help in the development of new devices that could be used in quantum computers and to improve energy efficiency. [thestar.com...]

 

LifeinAsia




msg:4495291
 6:09 pm on Sep 14, 2012 (gmt 0)

So if duct tape was originally used for taping up ducts, was scotch tape originally used for taping 2 Scottish people together? Maybe that's what leads to the superconductivity connection?

SevenCubed




msg:4495292
 6:18 pm on Sep 14, 2012 (gmt 0)

What concerns me is that 3M will now raise the cost of this high-tech product putting it out of reach of the average consumer ;)

And, government procurement costs related to defense spending will skyrocket when defense contractors indicate that all onboard avionics will need to be upgraded by use of scotch tape. Of course they will mark it up by 10000% of the actual cost of each roll.

LifeinAsia




msg:4495293
 6:26 pm on Sep 14, 2012 (gmt 0)

government procurement costs related to defense spending will skyrocket when defense contractors indicate that all onboard avionics will need to be upgraded by use of scotch tape

Government Auditor: I see this $50,000 charge for "Scotch" on your books ...
Aerospace Accountant: Um, yes, er, that's for scotch TAPE.
GA: And I see that it was purchased just before your annual Christmas party...
AA: Um yes, there was a big project that needed to be completed before the end of the year.

lucy24




msg:4495351
 9:55 pm on Sep 14, 2012 (gmt 0)

Hee. Trivia: the one thing duct tape (which may really, historically, be "duck tape" and not a misspelling) is lousy at is taping up ducts ;)

My father once tried an ordinary glue stick on some part of his diffractometer setup and found it worked just as well as the Expensive Hard-To-Obtain Specially Made Technical Adhesive.

And then there's the universal solvent...

incrediBILL




msg:4495372
 11:41 pm on Sep 14, 2012 (gmt 0)

Based on their finds I tried taping 2 quad cores together and you should see this sucker fly!

Maybe packing tape will speed it up even more...

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