In today’s awesomely brutal-sounding material science news, Stanford engineers have created a building material that exploits that “cold darkness of the universe” to cool itself — even when the sun is shining. Stanford calls it a “cosmic fridge”, and it could replace air conditioning.
OK, so it’s not quite the right season, but I’ve fallen in love with this adorable Kangeri “nomadic radiator”. Guide the little guy around the room and let him gently warm up your personal space, kind of like the puppy you can’t have because your apartment building won’t allow pets.
The US city of Seattle is considering the idea of using waste heat from data centres to heat itself, funnelling energy from gigantic server rooms into a new district heating system to keep people warm.