Ok....I know I've been on a science kick lately, but this one was sent to me by a Facebook friend, and it grabbed my attention:

Inexplicable Superconductor Fractals Hint at Higher Universal Laws

Here's the important parts of the article:

"Muller and Bednorz soon won a Nobel Prize, but subsequent decades and thousands of researchers have not yielded a theory of high-temperature superconductivity. 'High temperatures should destroy the quantum phenomenon,” said Bianconi, who decided to investigate another odd property of these materials: They’re not quite regular. Oxygen atoms roam inside, and assume random positions as they freeze.

"'Everyone was looking at these materials as ordered and homogeneous,' said Bianconi. That is not the case — but neither, he found, was the position of oxygen atoms truly random. Instead, they assumed complex geometries, possessing a fractal form: A small part of the pattern resembles a larger part, which in turn resembles a larger part, and so on.

"'Such fractals are ubiquitous elsewhere in nature,' wrote Leiden University theoretical physicist Jan Zaanen in an accompanying commentary, but “it comes as a complete surprise that crystal defects can accomplish this feat.'

"If what Zaanen described as 'surprisingly beautiful' patterns were all Bianconi found, the results would have been striking enough. But they appear to have a function.

"In Bianconi’s samples, larger fractals correlated with higher superconductivity temperatures. When the fractal disappeared at a distance of 180 micrometers, superconductivity appeared at 32 degrees Kelvin. When it vanished at 400 micrometers, conductivity went quantum at 42 degrees Kelvin.

"At -384 degrees Fahrenheit, that’s still plenty cold, but it’s heading towards the truly high-temperature superconductivity that Bianconi describes as 'the dream' of his field, making possible miniature supercomputers that run at everyday temperatures."

Ok... so they don't know what's going on here.  Here's my guess (please note the bold face, underlining, and italicization!...I mean, we're talking real guess here). I suspect that this may be related to the whole phenomenon of non-equilibrium thermodynamics, of chaos, and of the ability of systems to self-organize. We are in short getting a glimpse into a fundamental aspect of broken symmetry, one as yet not really known or understood.  Whether that guess proves to be true or not, time only will tell, but this is an interesting discovery, and I think in the long run, a very significant one. If this phenomenon can be properly understood and mastered, as the article avers, it holds tremendous significance for computational technology, and we may be looking at a phenomenon that could conceivably be tied to the invention of AI.




  1. This superconductor at near room tempure has been kicking around for some time I hope there is a brake though on this soon. Intrersting about small super computers would they be available to the general public.

  2. None of you knows that Cold Fusion is alive and well
    (even in many tech forms by now)
    simply because you are NOT SUPPOSE to know that !!

    When the mainstream news media ‘out’ something
    before they are told NO, or it is not yet classified,
    they are told to make a ‘correction’ and therefore must lie.

    So of course they do, all the time.

    1. Who is this “none of you”?

      And the New York Times reported very seriously on cold fusion in 2004, about a week before Mallove was killed. (He was quoted heavily and positively in the NYT article.)

      Then in about 2008? CBS’s 60 Minutes did a serious piece on cold fusion very much supporting its existence and current repeatability. I most certainly have the 60 Minutes piece on DVD.

      So your narrative is more than a bit off, and means that you haven’t been paying attention, ironic.

      1. MOST of you ?
        Anyway, it has been around for near to 40 yrs
        or more !!!

        I don’t ‘do’ mainstream anymore.
        There are less than ten channels on TV that I might watch.
        History and Science channels, green planet, etc.
        Even Discovery has filled up with crap.

        1. In fact I do remember that, but did NOT get it from the

          It certainly wasn’t surprising.
          Scientists without shills are definately
          a dying breed.

          Great Example of a Gov/Elite controlled “shill:”
          Michio Kaku
          I can’t count his lies without a calculator !

  3. Hello Folks,

    I don’t have too much to say today – believe it or not!

    All this talk about creating gold out of lead gets to me? (I would still like to know a bit about how it’s done, but still….?)

    I don’t usually like to HARP on themes but to me—-this character writing these words down this very moment—- would rather have a POUND OF HAMBURGER then a POUND OF GOLD if I were starving to death. (kind of like what Farrell suggests when he states the CURRENCY should be based on the potential of the people in a country and NOT on how much GOLD they have or whatever SUBSTANCE is used?)

    This is only my own personal FANTASY but when I used to watch Star-Trek they had this (I forgot the name of it) kind of DUMB-WAITOR that beamed the FOOD up to their dwelling places.

    NOW IMAGINE THIS —– Maybe we got that scene all wrong. MAYBE, just maybe they CREATED THE FOOD or put another way – they weren’t transporting it. (they probably were but my sci-fi imagination likes this VERSION better.)

    Read up on your Alchemy — the true goal is SPIRITUAL TRANSFORMATION. Some wanted that yellow stuff but they were considered Alchemist of the INFERIOR KIND!

    Wouldn’t it be desireable if WE WERE TRANSFORMED FROM A FIERCE, WAR-LIKE PEOPLE to LOVING, KIND ADVANCE BEINGS. (kind of like that episode on Star-trek WHERE mommie and dadie SPIRITS (energy fields) calls Johnny back home telling him it’s not nice to play with HUMANS.

    1. I think you have a point about alchemy and transformation. However who was talking about gold into lead here?

      1. JAY,
        It was just a ‘manner of speaking.”

        I remember Chomsky writing that opponents of the SYSTEM have to defend and cite every little reference for every little thing they say or write no matter how logical or rational or reasonable it may be. WHILE these BOZOS who speak for the Establishment like FIXED OR FOX NEWS CAN say any kind of absurd nonsense. No-body or hardly anyone gives a second thought or has a QUESTION about it never mind its VALIDITY!

        The idea in the Propaganda war is to wear down the opponent with trivia so when the time comes (if needed — the goal is to get to this :not needed.”) we can really sock-it-to-em when their weak! Some kind of Fabian general stuff I imagine?

        Jay –

        it was just something I was blowing off the top of my head in a MANNER OF SPEAKING.

        I confess in this scientific-technological-mathematical reasoning and writing department every single one of you are way ABOVE my heads. I certainly can learn but like FELIX THE CAT we all have a few tricks up our grab BAG?

        That doesn’t sound too honest come to think about it. Probably just a reshuffling or a MASKING of my lack of skills in that area mentioned above and the inferior feelings I get sometimes due to an unusual way I received MEANING.

        Let me give you a short story that might help what I’m getting at:

        There was this guy whinning and moaning all the time about his inferior feelings. It got irksome and he was a real pain in the ass to be around. UNTIL -this fox who was a very wise psychologist told him this, “Maybe the reason you feel so inferior is that you are Inferior?” (I really had to chuckle over that one) Afterwards, not a peep out of him about his low self esteem or his neurotic-power manipulations. The guy turn out to be an asset to the group we belonged.

        Another example, I think in my opinion that is -maybe not(?), or story in a similar vein. The local sheriff in a province (indian country) up in high North Quebec went to this Alcohol counselor for advice of what to do with his troublesome drunk all the time son-in-law who was always screaming about doing himself in when everybody was trying to help him.

        This counselor took him for a long ride out in those WOODS and said to him; So YOU really want to commit suicide. You know what. I’ll help you. The counselor reached into the car and got a hammer and chased the sheriff’s son-in-law around the car til the aledged suicide commit(er) grew tired and gave up.

        He never complained about ENDING IT ALL again and soon after-WOODS sobered up for good.

        UNCONVENTIONAL conditions call for UNconvensional procedures — especially in neglected wild regions. Even in insane societies ordomesticated CITIES!

        So what I meant by the FELIX THE CAT phase is that there are more ways to SKIN A CAT.

        Don’t ask me to HERD CATS. That is as difficult as trying to get a group of Chicagoans together in AGGREEMENT! Ha, ha!

        Have an EXCITING DAY TODAY


        I got a feeling their are some HIP-CATS in this joint! (I better watch my step!) Also my wife just informed DUMB-CATCH-UP ME that google has a habit of posting what they want to post on the internet?

  4. Definitely sounds like Michael Leyton’s arena of higher ordered symmetries. I’ve often thought that fractals were lower dimensional indicators of higher dimensional symmetry.

    Way cool stuff – this is the kind of thing I wanted to work in when I first majored in math in college (a long time ago…..)

    1. Right, and what does Leyton spend so much time on? Paintings. The most recent chemistry Nobel Prize is worth a look.

  5. This is an interesting article. Thank you for bringing this to my attention. Your analysis of articles like this is one of the main reasons that I read your blog.

    I remember back when the whole “high temp” superconductivity thing was beginning to make the rounds in the mid-1980s. It seems the research back then had something to do with the f electron orbital. I attributed this to the proliferation of desk-top computers thus allowing more scientists to perform more calculations locally and instantly and thus to do finer and more extensive analyses of their postulated models.

    Since then I recall various books and articles trying to explain gravity, using vectors. (I never heard of quaternions until just a couple of years ago.) There was talk of “other dimensions” (Old black-and-white episodes from my youth of ‘The Twilight Zone’ come to my mind.) and “extra dimensions,” some models using as many as twenty-six.

    Some of these theories posited that “gravitons” might be detected by a secondary effect they could cause from “another dimension” operating into “our” universe. To me, this article sounds as if it is talking about just such an effect occurring.

    My understanding of fractals, while being an exponential function, is that they are basically just repeated iterations of one pattern scaled differently in successive abutting domains. This would imply that perhaps a spatial geometry is coming into play and that scaling somehow effects it.

    Chaotically speaking, I forget and barring me going to look it up right now, I know that there are attractors in chaotic systems. Perhaps an attractor nested in a fractal, with the right forces would access hyperspace.

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