LK-99 recently became a notorious topic alongside AI, UFOs with non-biological components, for its superconductivity property. LK-99 is a gray–black, polycrystalline compound, identified as a copper-doped lead‒oxyapatite.
On Aug 2, 2023, preprints were published on arXiv (an open-access preprint archive), claiming that it acts as a room-temperature superconductor at temperatures of up to 400K (127 °C; 260 °F) at ambient pressure.
The Internet went wild with everything else happening around. On Aug 16, 2023, Nature published an article on how scientists solved the mystery — LK-99 isn’t a Superconductor.
The conclusion dashes hopes that LK-99 — a compound of copper, lead, phosphorus and oxygen — marked the discovery of the first superconductor that works at room temperature and ambient pressure. Instead, studies have shown that impurities in the material — in particular, copper sulfide — were responsible for the sharp drops in electrical resistivity and partial levitation over a magnet, which looked similar to properties exhibited by superconductors.