environment
Microsoft’s Data Centre Willingly Gets in the Sea

Microsoft is doing a small token thing to make it look like it's trying hard to be environmentally sound, with the tech giant sinking a data centre into the sea off the cost of the Orkney islands to examine the benefits of using the ocean to keep its servers cool. Read More >>

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Climate Change Is Making This Portable Air Conditioner a Must-Have Summer Accessory

Sunglasses, shorts, tank tops, and sandals are the usual accessories you think of when you’re getting ready for summer. But with climate change pushing summer temps higher and higher ever year, it’s probably not a bad idea to add the Zero Breeze portable battery-powered air conditioner to that list. Read More >>

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This is How the Trinity Supercomputer Will Keep its Cool

We love it when things are organised neatly. This tidy pile of warm-water cooling components is at the Strategic Computing Center of Los Alamos National Laboratory, where installation of an energy-saving cooling infrastructure to support the Trinity Platform is well underway. Read More >>

science
A New Material Uses the Cold Darkness of Outer Space to Cool Your House

In today's awesomely brutal-sounding material science news, engineers have created a building material that exploits that "cold darkness of the Universe" to cool itself—even when the sun is shining. The team from Stanford University calls it a "cosmic fridge," and it could replace air conditioning. Read More >>

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A Luxurious Mechanical Paper Fan That Cools You Like a Pharaoh

Well before air conditioning and oscillating fans kept us cool in the hot summer months, servants waving giant palm leaves was the ideal way to beat the heat. And Thanko's new USB-powered mechanical paper fan provides a similar experience, without requiring you to keep a professional fanner on staff. Read More >>

gadgets
Dyson’s Bladeless Fans are Now 75 Per Cent Quieter

It's been over four years since Dyson introduced a fan that somehow worked without visible blades. And besides releasing a few new models over the years, the company hasn't announced any major updates to its Air Multiplier line since 2009. But it turns out that's because Dyson's engineers were finding clever ways to make these fans even quieter—up to 75 per cent quieter to be exact—on three new models being rolled out today. Read More >>

computers
IBM Is Running Its Brain Computer On “Electronic Blood”

As part of what we can only assume is preparation for some very intense mad scientist Halloween costumes, IBM has announced a prototype computer that is both powered and cooled by an electrolyte liquid. Read More >>

accessories
This Glowing Orb Keeps Your Laptop Running Cool in Extreme Conditions

The easiest way to keep your laptop running at peak efficiency is to just keep it cool and comfortable. Its processor can get pretty toasty crammed in that ultra-thin housing, so Thermaltake's created a miniature portable air conditioner called the GOrb II that promises to keep your system comfortably cool, even if you're not. Read More >>

science
Your Fridge Is a Sauna Compared to This Tiny Quantum Freezer

We've all got refrigerators to keep our leftovers not-rotten, but compared to the National Institute of Standards and Technology's latest creation, our hulking cooling boxes hardly compare. This tiny quantum prototype, no bigger than a few inches, packs as much power as a window air conditioner the size of the Nelson's Column. Read More >>

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Intel Is Cooling Entire Servers By Submerging Them in Oil

Air cooled computers are for wimps. But while the idea of keeping temperatures in check using water might be a step in the right direction, Intel is doing something even more radical: it's dunking entire servers — the whole lot — into oil to keep them chilled. Read More >>

kitchen
Beautifully Depressing Ice Bucket Constantly Reminds You Of the Consequences Of Global Warming

Kitchen accessories that do double-duty are the best way to maximise the space in your draws and cabinets. But the only thing this lovely Polar Ice Bucket does—besides keeping your ice dry while it melts—is to remind you of the dwindling polar ice caps and rising sea levels thanks to global warming. Read More >>

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All-Season Jacket Turns Inside-Out To Keep You Warm Or Cool

An Austrian company has developed a new kind of triple-layer fabric that allows this jacket to keep the wearer either warm or cool depending on how they wear it—making it the perfect accessory for globe-hopping adventurers who prefer to travel light. Read More >>

gadgets
Refrigerated Bathroom Drawers For When You Think You Might Be In There a While

A company called Perlick is now offering a range of 15-inch refrigerated bathroom vanity drawers for safely storing and extending the life of organic or other personal hygiene products, like makeup or even medication. Read More >>