Heat-reflecting paint keeps things cool without AC

A new white paint keeps surfaces up to 18 degrees Fahrenheit cooler than their surroundings—almost life AC or a refrigerator, but without using any energy.

Kayla Wiles-Purdue • futurity
Oct. 22, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: sustainability electricity emissions temperature science-and-technology earth-and-environment

How will winter affect the way coronavirus spreads?

A new study digs into how temperature and humidity affect the spread of the coronavirus. The findings could help keep people safe as winter approaches.

Sonia Fernandez-UCSB • futurity
Oct. 19, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: covid-19 viruses temperature featured health-and-medicine

Team creates ‘holy grail’ of superconductors

"...with this kind of technology, you can take society into a superconducting society where you'll never need things like batteries again."

Bob Marcotte-U. Rochester • futurity
Oct. 15, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: physics electricity materials-science superconductors temperature magnetism featured science-and-technology

Finding ‘breathable’ seas may get tough for marine critters

Some marine animals may tolerate warming seas—but climate change could make it harder for many to find "breathable" places to live, a new study shows.

James Urton-U. Washington • futurity
Oct. 6, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: climate-change temperature oceans oxygen earth-and-environment

Cooling clothes material stays flexible even when frozen

"The previous cooling materials have been rigid and tough, which makes them unforgiving for athletes, occupational workers, soldiers, and so much more."

U. Buffalo • futurity
Sept. 25, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: exercise materials-science temperature hydrogels science-and-technology health-and-medicine clothing

Devices reflect 99% of heat to up chance to turn it into power

New thermal photovoltaics reflect 99% of the energy they can't convert to electricity. They could help cut the price of storing renewable energy as heat.

Nicole Casal Moore-Michigan • futurity
Sept. 23, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: semiconductors solar-power temperature renewable-energy photovoltaics earth-and-environment

Classic idea clarifies weird quantum action in ultracold gas

An odd new experiment may offer a path towards a connection between classical and quantum physics. It's a goal scientists have chased for decades.

Sonia Fernandez-UCSB • futurity
Sept. 17, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: physics temperature atoms quantum-physics science-and-technology gases

We finally know how cold the last ice age was

Researchers have finally figured out the long-sought answer to a seemingly simple question: How cold was the most recent ice age?

Mikayla Mace-Arizona • futurity
Aug. 28, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: ice-age temperature science-and-technology

Arctic sea ice is melting faster than anyone thought

Arctic sea ice is melting a lot faster than earlier estimates, which predicted a slow and stable rise in Arctic temperatures, researchers say.

Ida Eriksen-U. Copenhagen • futurity
Aug. 18, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: climate-change arctic temperature earth-and-environment sea-ice

Rising temps could kill millions a year by century’s end

Deaths due to temperatures rising as a result of climate change could match the global death rate for all infectious diseases combined, researchers say.

Edward Lempinen-UC Berkeley • futurity
Aug. 5, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: climate-change death temperature featured health-and-medicine

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