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Dayshot: 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.


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.


Beer. I prefer to drink it cold. Unfortunately, sometimes the beer which I have is warm. This usually happens when we are planning a party, because I buy a bunch of beer on pallets at Costco.


We all know someone who can never seem to get comfy, no matter the temperature. They're always pulling off sweaters because they're too hot, or cranking up the heat because they're too cold. But soon, salvation for these folks could come in the form of a special wristband that uses a copper heatsink to fool your body into thinking it's just been warmed or cooled — when in reality the ambient temperature hasn't changed.


This summer is a hot one. With money tight and temperatures high, there's a temptation to test out unconventional ways to beat the the heat. But these odd home remedies can end up wasting energy and costing more money. Here's how to know what really works when you want to keep cool for cheap.


When it comes to cooling a high-end PC, water is as complicated as you want to get, as liquid nitrogen is just not practical in the slightest for everyday use. If water isn't to your liking, you could always snap a brain circuit, build a wind tunnel and shove your PC's exposed bits inside of it.


Just when you thought we might be getting on top of notebook cooling, Sandy Bridge and Intel's "ultrabook" initiative came along. Heatpipes and low-profile fans make a difference, but I'm still not comfortable with the idea of components hitting 80-90°C under load, even if they're rated for such high temperatures.


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 taking a page from high-end over-clocked gaming PC rigs: it's dunking entire servers — the whole lot — into oil to keep them chill.