‘Wet’ computer server could cut internet waste

New liquid-cooled Iceotope computer servers installed at the University of Leeds cuts energy used for cooling Internet servers by more than 80 percent. The whirring fans of traditional computers are replaced by the barely-audible trickle of liquid. The heat released can be piped out to radiators to warm a building. The developers say it could revolutionise the energy-hungry data centres that form the fabric of our online lives.

But don’t we all know that liquid and electronics don’t mix? Dr Jon Summers, from the University of Leeds’ School of Mechanical Engineering, shows what happens when you put an iPhone in a beaker of the secret ingredient: 3M (TM) Novec (TM) liquid.

WARNING: The phone experiment shown in this video is intended to demonstrate the special qualities of the liquid used in the Iceotope server. Putting an electronic device in liquid can cause problems other than a short circuit. Liquid is likely to be trapped and may affect the functionality of the device (eg. screen dimming or ghosting, speaker problems).

For more details on the Iceotope Servers at Leeds see: http://www.leeds.ac.uk/news/article/3374/wet_computer_server_could_cut_internet_waste

 

Wasteland: The nuclear graveyard under New Mexico

Today, nearly 70,000 tons of nuclear waste sits outside nuclear power plants across the country. For the last half-century, scientists and politicians have struggled to create a viable solution for permanent waste disposal at Yucca Mountain, located 90 miles outside Las Vegas. They’ve failed. As the political dust settles over Yucca, eyes turn to the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant, outside of Carlsbad, New Mexico.

Find out more on:
http://www.theverge.com/2012/6/14/3038814/yucca-mountain-wipp-wasteland-battle-entomb-nuclear-waste

Gas nozzle dripping problem solved

When fuel consumers are finished pumping gas, a number of fuel drops fall to the ground. Globally, these drops amount to roughly half a billion litres of fuel which is unnecessarily evaporated into our atmosphere each year. We at DRAM Innovations have developed a method to retaining and recycling this wasted fuel.

Learn more on www.DRAMInnovations.com

Masdar City

Masdar city is a planned city in Abu Dhabi. Masdar aims to become a source of energy, knowledge and innovation in order to maintain Abu Dhabi’s position as a global energy leader. It will be a zero carbon, zero waste city.

Masdar is expected to be finished within 5-10 years and promises to become the Silicon Valley of renewable energy.

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