Research Group Sets New Temperature Record For Superconductivity

An international team of scientists has built a superconductor that functions at 250 K, nearly 50 °C (84.6 °F) hotter than the previous record high for superconductivity—and it puts the “holy grail” of energy transmission almost within reach. In a study published in Nature, scientists describe their new material, lanthanum superhydride, and how they achieved their record high temperature.

Blue Origin Test-Fires Moon Lander Engines

Blue Origin recently fired up a brand-new engine, the BE-7, which the company developed for its future moon lander. Founder and CEO Jeff Bezos claims the lander, equipped with the BE-7, will be capable of carrying robotic rovers to the moon or even a separate spacecraft that can take off and transport astronauts away from the moon.

Shaw Prize in Astronomy Awarded to Edward Stone

Former Jet Propulsion Laboratory director Edward Stone has been awarded the prestigious Shaw Prize in Astronomy for his leadership in the Voyager project. The Shaw Prize is awarded annually in three categories: Astronomy, Life Science and Medicine, and Mathematical Sciences, and comes with a monetary prize of $1.2 million. Stone will receive his award September 25 in Hong Kong.