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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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Weird History: Fourth of July Plumbing and Heating Facts

Gregory

Happy Independence Day! To celebrate the holiday today, here are four weird history facts about our nation's history with heating, plumbing, and HVAC that you may not have known!   Benjamin Franklin invented the Franklin stove in 1741. It was a metal-lined fireplace with a hollow baffle n…

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Gates Foundation Funds Magic Toilet that Vaporizes Waste

Gregory

The Gates Foundation is at it again. They have a history of making extraordinary innovations when it comes to toilets and waste management systems.   Thanks to their Reinvent the Toilet Challenge, a New Zealand company has found a way to treat sewage directly in people's homes. Scion Res…

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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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Lead Plumbing Parts Could be Replaced by New Alloy

Gregory

A team of researchers at Purdue University might have just created the biggest advancement in the plumbing world in decades.   For years, lead plumbing has been a known issue--but only recently has official legislation come into effect to regulate its use. But thanks to the team at the …

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