Superconductors, Pandemics, and UFOs: Unraveling the Threads of Modern Discoveries

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Written By Paul Park
Paul Park is an educator, lecturer, public speaker, writer, and the founder of Bubble Language School.  


In a world where technology, health, and even the inexplicable intersect, the narrative is continually evolving. The recent discovery of LK99, a breakthrough superconductor, the ongoing controversies surrounding the origin of Covid-19, and revelations from a Congressional hearing on Unidentified Flying Objects (UFOs) are perfect instances of this interweaving narrative. This article takes a closer look at these developments, their implications, and how they mirror the complex relationship between science, politics, and the public.

Key Takeaways

  1. Worldwide events such as Covid19 pandemic, UFO sightings, and superconductor discoveries are reshaping our understanding of the world.
  2. These shifts in understanding invite us to reconsider our lifestyles, with rural homesteading emerging as an attractive option.
  3. Modern technologies like the LK99 superconductor can be harnessed for creating sustainable and self-reliant rural homesteads.
  4. A shift towards such a lifestyle reflects the growing disillusionment with governance systems and points towards increased self-reliance.

LK99: The Accidental Superconductor

One of the most exciting scientific developments in recent times is the discovery of LK99, a new superconductor. This remarkable material was seemingly stumbled upon by a Korean research team, led by JH Kim, an experimental chemist from Korea University. The unexpected discovery occurred when an accident led to the smashing of a quartz tube during a routine experiment. The team has reportedly had a success rate of 10% when attempting to replicate the process, highlighting the complex nature of chemical research.

Interestingly, attempts to replicate the experiment have extended beyond professional labs, with scientists around the world attempting to recreate this coveted material with the potential to someday utilize the Meisner Effect.

What is the Meissner Effect?

The Meissner effect is a phenomenon occurring with superconductors. When a magnetic field is present, electric current loops spontaneously form on the material’s surface. Like an electromagnet, they generate a magnetic field.

These currents are adaptive. They precisely offset the inner magnetic field of the superconductor. As a result, the total magnetic field in the sample becomes zero. Except for the surface where currents emerge, the superconductor is safeguarded.

Supercurrents expel the magnetic field from the superconductor. Because superconductors lack electrical resistance, these currents persist indefinitely without needing energy.

Consider a magnet inducing the sample’s magnetic field. The supercurrents’ magnetic field repels the magnet, exerting a force. This makes the magnet levitate. The balance between the repulsive force and gravity determines the magnet’s hovering distance.

Superconductors: An Overview, Limitations, and the Game-Changing Potential of Room-Temperature Solutions

Superconductors Explained

Superconductors are materials that, when cooled to a certain temperature, called the critical temperature, can conduct electric current with zero electrical resistance. This essentially means that an electric current can flow indefinitely within a closed loop of superconducting material, without any loss of energy.

This phenomenon was first discovered in 1911 by Heike Kamerlingh Onnes, who found that mercury becomes a superconductor at extremely low temperatures near absolute zero (-273.15 degrees Celsius). Since then, scientists have discovered many more materials that can become superconductors at varying temperatures, though most require very low temperatures to exhibit superconductivity.

Superconductors have a wide range of applications, including magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), maglev trains, and potentially lossless power transmission lines, which could dramatically improve the efficiency of our electrical grid.

Limitations of Superconductors

The major limitation of traditional superconductors is their need for extremely low temperatures to exhibit superconductivity. These low temperatures are achieved using coolants like liquid helium, which is both expensive and logistically challenging to handle.

Another limitation is that strong magnetic fields can break the superconducting state. This means that, despite their zero electrical resistance, superconductors cannot carry unlimited amounts of current. At high currents, the magnetic field generated by the current itself can cause the superconductor to revert back to a normal, resistive state.

Why a Room-Temperature Superconductor is a Game-Changer

The discovery of a room-temperature superconductor like LK99 would be revolutionary. This is because it could conduct electricity without resistance at temperatures we experience in everyday life, eliminating the need for expensive cooling.

A room-temperature superconductor could dramatically change many aspects of technology. Power transmission could become nearly 100% efficient, eliminating the large losses currently experienced in electrical grids. This would not only save enormous amounts of energy but could also lead to lower costs for consumers.

Furthermore, room-temperature superconductors could revolutionize technologies like electric vehicles and renewable energy storage, where improved efficiency could lead to significant advancements. It could allow for more powerful and efficient electric motors, longer-lasting batteries, and more effective solar panels.

In essence, the development of a room-temperature superconductor could herald a new era of energy efficiency and technological advancement, making it an exciting field of research in modern physics and materials science.

The Korean Saga, Part 1: Ghost in The Machine by Ate-a-Pi

JH Kim, a young synthesist, joined the Chemistry Department at Korea University in 1996, under the stewardship of TS Chair, a seasoned elder with a controversial theory on 1-dimensional superconductors. This was the birthplace of a grueling journey that spanned over two decades, with Kim initially focusing on battery materials before being persuaded to work on superconductors with Lee, Chair’s disciple.

Years of experimentation eventually led to a blip on the graph in 1999 – a trace of what would later become a groundbreaking discovery. However, with skepticism over the significance of these results, Kim decided to go back to battery materials, leaving Lee and Chair to continue the pursuit.

Fast forward to 2008, Lee and Kim establish Qcenter, a research and consulting venture that navigates the potential landscape of superconductors. The superconductor research, however, comes to a halt with Chair’s death in 2017, inspiring Kim and Lee to chase the elusive “ghost in the machine” from 1999.

Kim demanded new equipment – an Electron Spin Resonance (ESR) machine and a Superconducting Quantum Interference Device (SQUID) machine. Lee, tasked with raising funds, struggled due to their lack of recent publications. Help arrived in the form of Kwon, They send a video of levitating rock to a reporter with Nature. She flies down to Korea.

The paper is submitted to, and accepted by a peer-reviewed journal.

Lee finally writes to the Nobel committee.

The Korean Saga, Part 2: The Signal by Ate-a-Pi

The pursuit of science can often be likened to a game of Marco Polo – blindfolded, guided only by the faint echoes of phenomena that signal the presence of something real, something measurable. This analogy was particularly fitting for the work JH Kim embarked on in his lab at Qcenter.

Kim was essentially calling out to the universe with each experiment, leveraging an Electron Spin Resonance (ESR) machine as his ears. Each test conducted was akin to a shout in the darkness, awaiting the universe’s response to guide him either warmer or colder in his quest. As time progressed, Kim found himself needing to invent entirely new methods to effectively ‘listen’ to the universe’s whispers.

Theories, however elaborate or insightful, can only guide a scientist so far. Ultimately, it is the measurable, the observable, that drives scientific progress. Kim was on the precipice of such progress in early 2020, just as the Covid-19 pandemic started to grip the world.

One morning, his consistent callouts to the universe were met with a resounding echo. His ESR machine picked up a significant spike – a potential signal of the phenomenon he’d been chasing. In his excitement, Kim rushed to replicate the experiment, but to his disappointment, the retest showed nothing unusual.

Determined to understand the cause of the anomalous result, Kim painstakingly reviewed his lab notes and scrutinized the video footage from the lab. The answer eventually came from an unlikely source – a slight accident he’d had during the original experiment. The video revealed that he had bumped his elbow against the desk, causing a crack in the quartz capsule holding the lead apatite crystal sample. This seemingly insignificant incident had inadvertently introduced oxygen at precisely the right moment, altering the structure of the crystal being formed.

The realization triggered a flurry of activity in the lab. The ‘ghost’ that had haunted the team for over 20 years had finally materialized – it had crystallized into something tangible, a rock that, incredibly, exhibited levitation. The sight of this floating stone elicited a spectrum of emotions, from Lee’s ecstatic joy to Kwon’s sheer disbelief.

However, the team’s elation was somewhat tempered by the realization that they lacked the necessary resources to fully characterize this new superconductor. The material’s critical temperature was so high that it exceeded the measurement capabilities of their available equipment.

The discovery also stirred a theoretical rift within the team. Kwon, who approached the phenomenon from a physics standpoint, disagreed with the existing theories put forward by TS Chair, believing they failed to adequately explain the behavior of the new superconductor. This divergence of ideas put Kwon in direct conflict with Lee, who was the primary chemist and theorist of the group.

In their pursuit of wider recognition, the team encountered several hurdles. An attempt to publish their work in Nature fell through, and internal disputes over theoretical interpretations of their discovery led to further disagreements, specifically between Kwon and Lee.

Despite these setbacks, the team continued their work, filing patents and publishing papers, even though they did not have a definitive explanation for why their new superconductor worked. The production process of the ‘magic rocks’ was far from perfected and highly dependent on the unique skills of Kim. The necessary precision and manual labor involved in the process were not conducive to scalability or reproducibility.

The onset of the Covid-19 pandemic further hampered their progress. The team was isolated in Korea, unable to share their discovery with the world due to travel restrictions. This situation slowed their work significantly but did not halt it. They persevered, focusing on critical next steps, including the development of a chemical vapor deposition process for the material.

Things started to turn around towards the end of 2021. HyunTak Kim, an independent scientist, was able to replicate their production process, bolstering their claims. However, the process was still inefficient, with only one in every ten attempts yielding a successful result.

By 2023, the team had faced a series of trials and tribulations, including a falling out with Kwon, but they persisted, driven by the potential their discovery held for the future of superconductivity.

So, Maglev is Possible, But What About UFO/UAP Encounter Testimony?

Congressional Hearing on UFOs: Encounters Unveiled

Adding another dimension to this confluence of events, the United States Congress recently held a hearing on Unidentified Aerial Phenomena (UAPs) or UFOs. This hearing included testimonials from retired Major David Grusch and other military personnel who reported encounters with anomalous phenomena. The accounts brought forward have rekindled public interest in UAPs and their potential implications.

The hearing underscored the importance of transparency and open discussion on UAPs, a topic previously relegated to the realm of speculation and folklore. This marks a significant shift in the public discourse around such phenomena, possibly paving the way for more comprehensive studies in the future.

On Wednesday, the House Oversight’s national security subcommittee held a hearing to discuss the executive branch’s approach to reports of Unidentified Anomalous Phenomena (UAP), also commonly known as Unidentified Flying Objects (UFOs). The hearing featured three witnesses, each with firsthand experience and knowledge regarding the government’s handling of UFO sightings.

The first witness, Mr. Favor, detailed his experience with what he considered the most credible UFO sighting in history. This encounter, which took place in 2004, was his first with a UFO or UAP. Prior to the incident, while Mr. Favor did not completely dismiss the idea of extraterrestrial life due to the vastness of the universe, he was not particularly interested in UFOs. His experience did not turn him into a dedicated UFO enthusiast, but he concluded that the technology he observed was far beyond any existing or foreseeable capabilities.

Mr. Grush, another witness, exhibited extensive knowledge on certain subjects but refrained from responding to certain other inquiries. He explained that this selective approach was due to Department of Defense security protocols, which only allow him to comment on matters that are unclassified. However, he expressed willingness to participate in a closed session to discuss classified matters further.

The third witness, Mr. Graves, spoke about sightings by both military and commercial pilots. While the range and sensor capacity of commercial pilots are generally less than those of military pilots, commercial pilots have reported sightings that are notably close, albeit varied in nature.

Mr. Graves recounted a particularly vivid sighting near the entrance to a working area on the Eastern Seaboard. A stationary object, consistent with previous descriptions of a dark gray or black cube inside a clear sphere, was seen by two aircraft that passed within about 50 feet of it. Although Mr. Graves was not aboard either aircraft, he was present when the pilot who had nearly collided with the object landed. The pilot, visibly shocked, reported his close encounter with the unexplained object. It demonstrated no evident propulsion system, had no wings, and emitted no IR energy, making the encounter all the more puzzling.

When asked why they decided to come forward with their experiences, the witnesses cited their sense of duty and desire to address a potential safety threat. Mr. Graves, specifically, expressed his concern for his colleagues and his drive to mitigate any potential risks associated with such encounters.

The hearing underscored the need for clear and open discussion on the topic of UFOs or UAPs, an issue that has historically been shrouded in secrecy and stigma. The firsthand accounts shared during this session demonstrated a pressing need for further investigation into these phenomena and their implications for national security.

But Wait, Covid-19 Wasn’t From Bats? In-depth Discussion on the Origins of COVID-19

Unraveling the Origin of Covid-19

The origin of Covid-19, the virus that brought the world to a standstill, remains shrouded in mystery and contention. While the widely accepted theory suggests a zoonotic origin, linking it to an exotic meat market in Wuhan, China, the narrative has continually evolved. Complicating matters, evidence suggests the virus was remarkably well-adapted to human transmission from the outset, an unusual characteristic for a zoonotic virus.

The proximity of the outbreak to a lab in Wuhan studying similar viruses has fueled speculation of a possible lab leak. Despite initial dismissals, it is now acknowledged that this theory cannot be ruled out and merits further investigation. While this doesn’t prove the virus emerged from a lab, the coincidences and the circumstances compel a more thorough inquiry into the origin of the virus.

In an insightful conversation between Dr. Jordan B. Peterson, a renowned Canadian psychologist and professor, and Matt Ridley, a British writer and journalist well-versed in scientific discourse, the two delve into the intricate factors surrounding the COVID-19 outbreak. With Ridley’s expansive knowledge in zoology and his meticulous investigations on the subject, the conversation scrutinizes widely accepted narratives, potential cover-ups, and the future of scientific enlightenment amid growing political tensions.

Ridley, initially agreeing with the widely accepted narrative that the virus originated from a wet market in Wuhan, later started questioning certain anomalies. As a zoologist, he was interested in understanding how diseases jumped from one species to another, similar to the previous SARS outbreak. He was also aware that scientists in Wuhan had already identified a similar virus in bats, sparking his interest in uncovering the details of its emergence.

In his quest to understand how the COVID-19 virus jumped from bats to humans, Ridley encountered discrepancies that were not consistent with the mainstream narrative. The virus in question did not closely relate to the bat virus previously identified by Wuhan scientists. The location of the bat virus and its precise details were also missing from the scientific literature, even though scientists claimed to have found it previously.

Despite the initial anomalies, Ridley and other virologists ruled out the possibility of a lab leak for a few months. However, upon discovering the work of Alina Chan, who insisted that a lab leak couldn’t be ruled out, Ridley started to reassess the situation. The possibility of a lab leak seemed plausible considering the virus’s high adaptation to humans, the presence of a lab working on similar coronaviruses in Wuhan, and the geographical coincidence between the outbreak and the lab’s location.

The discussion between Peterson and Ridley unraveled some critical questions about the origins of COVID-19. They noted the first “smoking gun” was the coincidental location of the outbreak and the lab studying similar viruses. This doesn’t directly prove that the virus originated from the lab, but it raises a plausible hypothesis that requires further investigation.

Furthermore, Ridley explained the atypical nature of the virus’s adaptation to human beings. Under normal circumstances, a virus that newly emerges in the human species finds it challenging to transmit from human to human. However, if enough time and infection rates allow for the virus to evolve, it can become increasingly successful at transmission. This pattern, evidenced in SARS in 2003, contrasts with the initial emergence of COVID-19, which was already highly efficient in human-to-human transmission.

The dialogue between Dr. Jordan B. Peterson and Matt Ridley serves as a deep dive into the COVID-19 outbreak, questioning established narratives and shedding light on some of the pressing unanswered questions about the virus’s origins.


LK99, Covid-19, and UFOs: seemingly disparate subjects, yet they share common threads. They reflect the reality of our times, characterized by rapid scientific advancements, global health crises, and the pursuit of the unexplained. These developments demonstrate how transparency, scientific inquiry, and open dialogue remain paramount in our collective pursuit of understanding. As these narratives continue to unfold, it’s evident that the boundaries between science, politics, and public perception are more intertwined than ever.

The recent worldwide events have unveiled a multifaceted picture of human behavior and its implications. From the sudden shifts in our understanding of pandemics, the continued exploration of the unknown in the shape of UFOs, to the rapid advancements in the technological realm exemplified by the discovery of superconductor LK99, our world is continually changing and evolving. These occurrences invite us to reconsider our approach to life, society, and the choices we make.

In this complex landscape, adopting a lifestyle that marries modern technology with a return to rural homesteading, could potentially be an ideal response. A rural homestead fitted with advanced improvements, harnessing technologies like the LK99 superconductor for efficient energy use, could offer a path to a sustainable and self-reliant existence. This lifestyle shift, echoing the growing disillusionment with governance systems witnessed during the pandemic, enables us to regain control over our lives, reduce our carbon footprint, and cultivate resilience in the face of uncertainty.

The interplay of global events, advancements in science, and human behavior all point to the fact that we are increasingly responsible for our own survival and progress. Therefore, it seems practical and beneficial to develop a rural homestead that uses modern, sustainable technologies, allowing us to meet our needs and live a healthier, more balanced life amidst the rapidly changing global landscape.


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