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Can You Get Ill From Air Conditioning?

At the peak of summer, when just walking to and from the corner store necessitates a shower and a change of clothes, air-conditioning can seem almost too good to be true. It is one of the few staples of modernity without severe and readily apparent downsides: all it does, or all it seems to do, is make things cooler, while generating a soft, lulling noise redolent of childhood afternoons spent indoors watching cartoons. What’s the catch? How exactly are these things slowly killing us, like every other good thing in the world? Read More >>

Cold in the Office? Blame the Equation Used to Set the Thermostat

If you work in an office, chances are you or the person sitting next to you has grumbled about it being too hot or cold. No one likes rugging up on a summer’s day to contend with the air-conditioning. Or having to shed one too many layers in winter to compensate for stifling heat indoors. Read More >>

Hydroceramic Walls Could Cool Buildings by Sweating Like Human Skin

Our reliance on air conditioning, however magical an innovation, has become a serious environmental burden. Which is why researchers in Barcelona designed a material they say can naturally cool rooms by about five degrees Celsius, using a moisture-absorbing polymer that "sweats" much like our own body. Read More >>

A Simple Clay Pot Could Replace Your Noisy Air Conditioner

Air conditioners aren't exactly known for being particularly environmentally friendly, but during a scorching summer we're all happy to turn a blind eye. Not Thibault Faverie, though. Perhaps racked by guilt, he's created the Cold Pot, a simple terracotta device that can cool a room using just evaporating water. Read More >>

Air-Conditioned Trousers May be the Most Over-Engineered Garment, Ever

While we're still dreaming of the sun making an appearance here in Blightly, we're still mindful of that heatwave we had a few months ago, and how unfuckingbearable it was to endure. Which may be why it took me an embarrassingly long amount of time—a few minutes, in this case, is a few minutes too many—to come back down to Earth and realise that trousers with their own built-in A/C are not as brilliant as my sun-addled mind first thought. Read More >>

Who Is This Fake iPhone Mini Air Conditioner Going To Fool?

It will certainly help keep you cool at work, but if you were hoping to fool your co-workers into thinking you've got the latest and greatest Apple hardware, think again. Not even a toddler would mistake this iPhone 'shaped' compact air conditioner for the real deal. Read More >>

How to Remove Your Window Air-Conditioner Without Killing Anyone

As of Friday, it's officially Autumn. The box in your window that brought much-needed coolness during the summer is now preventing you from breathing that lovely autumn air (and will soon freeze your face off). Let's take it out. Read More >>