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A huge row has broken out in the physics world over a controversial experiment that claims to have created a superconducting material at room temperature.

If true, it would change physics forever, allowing for energy to be transported freely, and vastly improve the speed of computers.

The controversial experiment was first revealed by Dev Thapa and Anshu Pandey, two highly regarded chemical physicists from the Indian Institute of Science in Bangalore, India, in July.

They posted a paper to the online journal arXiv claiming to have achieved 'superconductivity at ambient temperature and pressure conditions'.

They did this using a using a matrix of gold and silver particles. 

The experiment caused waves throughout the world of physics - but also raised questions over the experiment. 

Physicist Brian Skinner, a post-doctoral researcher at MIT, was among the first to raise the alarm on Twitter, promising 'scientific intrigue'.

In a long series of tweets, he pointed out the 'very surprising result' of the experiment. 

'Room-temperature superconductivity has been a holy grail in physics for literally over 100 years. 

'If we could find a material that was superconducting at room temperature, it would allow us to transport electrical power for free, and would revolutionize a bunch of industries,' he first explained.

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