A Plastic That Chills – Technology Review

http://www.technologyreview.com/Nanotech/21205?a=f

In the 70’s I heard a rumour (conspiracy style), which was never substantiated and which I never really believed, that an inventor, who used to work for the Beatles, had come up with this amazing material or device which could either cool something down to -20(C) or heat it up to +200. The story had it that some big cooker manufacture had bought out the patent in order to suppress it and maintain their profit margins. Similar stories – which are somewhat more plausible – are told about earlier inventors of “everlasting” light bulbs. Fact or fantasy, however, this particular story might be about to become half true (the cooling bit at least).

More excitingly, I suspect this material is going to be a major benefit to CPU manufacturers who are having a hard time coping with the heat of their increasingly power-hungry processors. Being able to make an entire motherboard (and heat sinks) out of a self cooling material might have some major benefits…

About Harry Stottle
Refugee from the Stumbleupon Blogicide of October 2011 Here you will find my "kneejerk" responses to the world and what I happen to bump into. For my more detailed considerations and proposals, please visit my website or my previous main blogging site.

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