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Students of the University of Houston. Houstonian 1989 - Issues. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. November 26, 2014. http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/yearb/item/22668/show/22574.

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Students of the University of Houston. Houstonian 1989 - Issues. Houstonian Yearbook Collection. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. Retrieved from http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/yearb/item/22668/show/22574

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Students of the University of Houston, Houstonian 1989 - Issues, Houstonian Yearbook Collection, Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries, accessed November 26, 2014, http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/yearb/item/22668/show/22574.

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Title Houstonian 1989
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  • University of Houston
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Transcript Creating our future; Super-Conducting scientist Slipping along a velvety expressway, slicing through the cool night air, the vehicle silently enters the glowing city. Effortlessly, the small cigar shaped draft rises and falls as it bypasses other machines along the path to the city's center. The downtown area is teaming with people being moved about by silent but quick, moving walkways. No power-lines cross the streets, no sound of electrical energy surging through rubberized lines disturbs those enjoying the quiteness of the burg's little park. Glidding past this panarama of our future, the little vehicle slips to the roof of a clean, well- illuminated building. It's operator pushes open the access panel to the cruiser and steps from it. He stands for a moment and recalls what life was like before Super-conductivity changed it. The noise of gas and diesel engines pumping their fumes of death into the air had echoed from every expressway — every city and every town throughout the world; that has changed! Unsightly, dirty, noisy powerlines connected every home. The black bound energy suppliers stretched from lifeless limbs, humming as it emitted energy into the atmosphere; all this he remembered. Homes and business receive their energy from buried conduits that contain energy retrieval systems, nothing is wasted in our future. Our man of the future, Alexander we'll call him, thinks aloud, "Thank you Dr. Chu, thank you everyone of you who sacrificed to bring our world out of the gloom and doom, and into this bright new world." Suddenly a voice calls from a passageway behind Alexander, "Don't forget those far-sighted legislators that continually pushed for money to fund research and never gave up hope on the future." Alexander turns to see his spouse stepping from the passageway, she hands him his briefcase, they both look at each other . . . Sounds like a great short story or maybe a movie, possibly, then again this could be our future. Dr. Chu and his staff along with a hand full of women and men around the world have been working since the 1930's to perfect the science of Super- Conductivity. What they have accomplished in the past few years is astounding, but what they stand to accomplish in the next decade could and will forever change the way every person lives and thinks. In a personal interview with Chu he discussed the implications of Super-Conductivity's actual application, "To apply the uses of it (Super- Conductivity) will result in great socio-economical and soci-political change. Nations will have to work together in order to protect what is built, and to build what is needed to utilize this science to its fullest extent." He talked of entire cities like Houston being supplied by just a few buried cables, their energy derived from a power plant somewhere in the northern Mexico desert. The power station would be miles from the nearest population centers, that way things like solar power can be made more effective. Acres of solar reflectors could accumulate the Sun's power and feed it to us. Also noted during the discussion was the application of Super-Conducters to computers. "Imagine the speed of a computer built with a super-conducting material." Asimov's dream of a positronic brain for computers that think, rationalize and help each and everyone of us, would be closer to reality. "The applications for Super-Conductivity's byproducts is endless," said Dr. Chu. The Japanese announced this year that they were setting up funding for research into the ways that present knowledge in Super-Conductivity can be utilized. Whole industries have already sprung up around the science, and many more are expected to spring up. As a science, Super-Conductivity is not new. But in applications its popularity is spreading. We may never see a full application of Super-Conducivity in our life time, but at least we and generations to come will reap the benefits of exhaustive, never ending search of men like Chu, who know there is a better way to live and are doing something about finding that better way. ► Allen Manning Super-Conductivity ■ 299