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London Underground: Re-harnessing Waste Energy

Gregory

London’s public transportation system, along with the systems that power their industrial factories and air conditioning, for example, produce massive amounts of excessive energy and heat. We all know that feeling when a train or a subway whooshes by us and we’re hit with that warm gust of air. …

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Outer Space: The Air Conditioning of the Future

Gregory

A new company called SkyCool Systems is looking to bring back a cooling method that was used hundreds of years ago. And it all begins by looking up at the stars.   Although in the early stages of production, this California-based company is designing a cooling system that they claim will …

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A Portable Air Conditioner for your Shirt

Gregory

Thanks to Sony, now you’ll have portable air conditioning with you wherever you go! Their device, called the Reon Pocket is a wallet-sized device that is Bluetooth enabled and utilizes thermoelectric cooling as its main operating system.   Requiring the need of a special undershirt, you…

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Breathe Easy: Explaining Air Filters and MERV Ratings

Shyene

Air filters work with a homeowner’s HVAC system to circulate clean air throughout the home via central ductwork. They oftentimes slide into a specialized compartment on, for instance, a furnace. Once the air is called for, the furnace pushes it through the duct where the filter is located, so any …

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Ancient History: What Did We Do Before Air Conditioners?

Gregory

Air conditioners may seem like a staple of society, and many places across the country and the globe can't survive the summer without them. But what did we do before these air-cooling machines were invented?   Let's go all the way back to ancient Egypt, where, like most technological innov…

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New ‘Super-Wood’ Becomes Cooler in Sunlight

Gregory

New research shows that you might be able to cool your home with ‘super-wood.’ By stripping the wood of its lignin before densification, it actually allows the densified wood to cool in bright sunlight.   By doing this, buildings that are constructed using this material would have a s…

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Koala Refuses to Leave Air Conditioned Car

Gregory

On a hot day in Australia, a winemaker got a surprise visit while working outside.   Tim Withrow left his car running and the air conditioning on so his dog could go in and out to beat the heat. But, turns out his pooch wasn't the only one who had that same idea.   A koala be…

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Baltimore Ravens Donate New HVAC System to School

Gregory

Earlier this month, the Baltimore Ravens donated $200,000 dedicated to fixing Lakewood Elementary School’s air conditioning and heating systems.   Located in east Baltimore, the school and its students have suffered before because of extreme temperatures; on numerous occasions, the scho…

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Want a Chance to Win $3 Million? All You Need to do is Reinvent Air Conditioning! Prize Courtesy of Sir Richard Branson and the Indian Government

Gregory

It might be a good idea to start forming your creative team now! This high-stakes, global collaboration is between India’s Department of Science and Technology, Mission Innovation, and the Rocky Mountain Institute. The prize’s ambassador is billionaire philanthropist Sir Richard Branson. &nbs…

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