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Duration: 02:26

Prof Mark Miodownik explores the extraordinary properties of ceramic superconductors.

When cooled to -196 degrees Celsius, they can conduct electricity without losing any energy, and repel magnets.

Scientists are now studying ceramics atom by atom, searching for superconductors that will work at more practical temperatures.

Available since: Tue 10 Apr 2012


Series Producer
Jacqueline Smith
Mark Miodownik
Executive Producer
Helen Thomas

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How It Works Ceramics: How They Work

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First broadcast: 16 Apr 2012

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