The developed world has a love affair with refrigeration that spreads way beyond the domestic chiller: It’s the backbone of the world’s food supply industry, keeping food fresher for far longer than mother nature intended. But it could be about to ruin us.
To celebrate Australia Day this week, we’re looking at some of the best inventions to ever come out of our sunburnt country. Today, we pay homage to James Harrison, whose technological advances in mechanical refrigeration meant our ancestors could get cold beer.
Refrigerators are the source of much joy in the world, and the fridge is made possible by continually-cycled, selectively-pressurized gas. But someday, sound waves may replace this system in your fridge.