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Turn up the temperature

A more elaborate picture is developing of what makes some materials superconduct at relatively high temperatures. With it come hints for how to design materials with still higher transition temperatures.

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Coleman, P. Turn up the temperature. Nature 428, 26–27 (2004).

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