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Air Force Researcher Recognized: Paul Barnes, an Air Force Research Lab scientist, has won the 2009 John L. McLucas Basic Research Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Award for his achievements in the field of superconducting materials. Superconductors carry electric currents without any loss. In a release Wednesday, the Air Force said Barnes' research explored new and innovative ways to make more compact, lightweight, and efficient superconductors through the use of nanotechnology. Such advanced superconductors will reduce the load on aircraft and weapon systems. “I'm fortunate to be surrounded by talented people where we are afforded the opportunity to make a difference for the future of our country," said Barnes.