days of future past
Brad DeLong cites a comment by a scientist who realized he was living in the future, "in an era in which undergraduates routinely make batches of high-temperature superconductors as laboratory exercises."
"What're you looking for?" I asked, as if I have any idea where things are in the stockroom after only two years here.
"I've got some students cooking up a batch of high-Tc superconductor in lab, and I just realized we don't have any of those neodymium magnets to levitate. Do you guys have any we can borrow?"
Every now and then, I get smacked in the head with the fact that, flying cars or no, we're living in the future. I remember when this stuff first burst on the scene, and won a Nobel Prize. Now it's an undergraduate lab.
On the other hand, Oliver Willis links to this story, and AccordionGuy to this version, about students in Georgia planning a whites-only prom. Really.