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Levitation

Superconductor cables pave way for the future of transmission

Towering copper electricity transmission lines could one day become a thing of the past for utilities as they are gradually replaced by underground cables made of 'high-temperature superconducting' materials.

Saturday, 14 May, 2011, 12:00am

It's a Eureka moment for researchers at HKUST

Researchers in Hong Kong have discovered superconductivity in carbon nano-tubes in a breakthrough that is expected to trigger new research at physics labs worldwide.

The findings of Professor Sheng Ping and his team at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, overturn a long-standing scientific consensus about the behaviour of carbon at low temperatures.

19 Jun 2009 - 12:00am

Getting off the ground

The fact that trains ever left the station at all is something of a miracle. In 1825, after a plan was devised to build a railway between Liverpool and Manchester, the reaction was one of revulsion.

16 Nov 2008 - 12:00am

Shanghai's maglev train plan may be tweaked

Shanghai is considering further 'adjustment and study' of the plan for a controversial maglev railway extension, local media quoted government officials as saying.

29 Jan 2008 - 12:00am

They're well-off and angry, and they're not going to take the maglev lying down

The distance from the Far East Imperial Garden housing estate to the Dianpu River is a mere 60 metres, a stretch of grass and trees where elderly people exercise and mothers stroll with their children even on a winter's day.

21 Jan 2008 - 12:00am

2,000 protest against maglev

Thousands of people protested against the construction of a maglev train line in Shanghai yesterday, the largest in a series of demonstrations last week against the project.

13 Jan 2008 - 12:00am

It's a small, cold world when you break the laws of physics

THE FUTURISTIC CAMPUS of Hong Kong University of Science and Technology has a heavenly view over Port Shelter, where junks and yachts slice leisurely curves between forested islands and distant promontories.

22 Apr 2006 - 12:00am

Magnetic suspension trains

China is a step closer to producing its own magnetic suspension trains after completing its first experimental speed train in Changsha, capital of Hunan province.

The train moved smoothly in its 2,000km test, Xinhua reports.

The project was sponsored by Beijing Enterprise Holdings and designed by the National Defence Technology University, the agency said.

6 Apr 2002 - 12:00am