“White nights” and mutants

While many know I’m a bit of a “sport,” my mutant status also accounts for my insomnia.  At least that’s what it appears according to this study highlighted in the New Scientist on-line (here).  From the opening:

Talk about an all-nighter. Flies with a single genetic mutation sleep 80% less than normal flies, and some get by with no shut-eye at all.  The mutation – in a gene that controls how brain cells fire and now dubbed Sleepless – suggests that, at the most basic level, sleep is caused by a slowdown in certain neurons.

Hat tip: Josh Hill at The Daily Galaxy (here)

Has the key to room temperature superconductivity been found?

Nothing to do with project, program, portfolio, leadership, or any or type of management.  Just a very cool potential advance in superconductivity, which I’ve followed for years (here).  Cambridge researchers have been able to peer inside superconducting materials, which apparently was an issue.  As the lead author notes:

An experimental difficulty in the past has been accessing the underlying microscopics of the system once it begins to superconduct. Superconductivity throws a manner of ‘veil’ over the system, hiding its inner workings from experimental probes.

Now we can directly observe the location and characteristics of the structures — so-called “doped holes” — that support room temperature superconductivity. 

Superconductivity holds great potential for energy conservation (here), so practical applications of advances in this field won’t go begging.

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