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New Material Uses the Cold Darkness of Outer Space To Cool Your House

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New Material Uses the Cold Darkness of Outer Space To Cool Your House

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. In a fascinating paper published yesterday in Nature, Stanford's Shanhui Fan and Aaswath Raman explain how the material works by utilizing the familiar phenomenon calling radiative cooling. It's a pretty simple concept: Earth's atmosphere is transparent to specific wavelengths, around about eight microns—this is called the "thermal window," where heat radiates directly into space at those specific far-infrared...

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Future Elevators Will Use Maglev to Go Up, Down—and Sideways

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Future Elevators Will Use Maglev to Go Up, Down—and Sideways

Is only going up in the elevator getting you down? Not for much longer: ThyssenKrupp, the German steel and engineering company, has announced that it's building the next generation of elevators that will use magnetic levitation to travel up, down and side-to-side at speed in the buildings of the future. Maglev technology, used by some high-speed trains, uses large magnetic fields to keep the moving object from touching the tracks along which it runs. The result is reduced friction and high speeds, even with a relatively small driving force applied. ThyssenKrupp has called the new system—known as MULTI—"the holy grail...

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9 Examples Of Real Mind-Blowing Technology That You Haven't Heard Of Yet

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9 Examples Of Real Mind-Blowing Technology That You Haven't Heard Of Yet

We're certainly not in Star Trek's neighborhood when it comes to technological capability, but the car is packed and ready to go. While it's easy to lose yourself in daydreams of teleportation and interplanetary travel, already we can do amazing things, like turn the ocean into a big glass of drinking water. A cancer-killing computer chip can run wild in a patient's bloodstream and wreak havoc on cancer cells. NASA's even putting legitimate effort towards building a Star Trek-like warp drive system. So maybe we're closer to a science fiction universe than initially suspected. See them at Business Insider.

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