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March 26, 2009

Manhattan to get superconducting power station interconnects

Very cool...literally. Disclaimer(*)

...Scientists fired 60,000 amps through a cable during a critical test Tuesday — an electrical jolt comparable to turning on the air conditioning in 2,000 homes at the same time. It was enough juice to lift a 1,000-pound bundle of conventional cable 2 feet off the ground.

But nothing seemed to happen. No sparks, no sound, no movement.

A roomful of idiots who knew diddly squat about superconductors invited government and corporate observers waited for an explanation because they were too stupid to know what success would look like.

"Bottom line is, it worked,"
said Patrick Murphy, project manager for the Department of Homeland Security. The idiots guests broke into applause...

(*) I have some American Superconductor stock as part of my portfolio. This post should not be considered an endorsement of AMSC or a stock recommendation.


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