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In 2020, scientists achieved the once unthinkable -- the discovery of a material that can maintain its superconductivity at room temperature. Electrons in these materials whiz through with zero resistance -- a seemingly wonderous property with the potential to transform a host of technologies. 

But there was a catch. 

The superconductor, a hydrogen compound, requires pressures 2.6 million times typical atmospheric pressure to work its magic. 

So, don't pop open that bottle of champagne yet, unless you want the cork to shoot right through the roof with that kind of pressure. Before we get into the century-long hunt for room temperature superconductors, let's first get a few things straight.

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