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Researchers are working on tech so machines can thermally ‘breathe’

UCF researchers are working on tech so machines can thermally 'breathe'
UCF mechanical and aerospace engineering researchers Khan Rabbi and Shawn Putnam are developing new ways to cool machines and electronics. Rabbi is a doctoral candidate in the department, and Putnam is an associate professor. Credit: Karen Norum, University of Central Florida Office of Research

In the era of electric cars, machine learning and ultra-efficient vehicles for space travel, computers and hardware are operating faster and more efficiently. But this increase in power comes with a trade-off: They get superhot.

To counter this, University of Central Florida researchers are developing a way for large machines to “breathe” in and out cooling blasts of water to keep their systems from overheating.

The findings are detailed in a recent study in the journal Physical Review Fluids.

The process is much like how humans and some animals breath in air to cool their bodies down, except in this case, the machines would be

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Breathe clean air with world-first air quality technology inside new Volvos

RICHMOND HILL, ON, Sept. 15, 2020 /CNW/ – Volvo Cars has introduced a world-first premium air quality technology in its cars, allowing Volvo drivers to breathe clean and healthy air inside their cars and clean the air of their cabin ahead of their journey.

The company’s new Advanced Air Cleaner technology comes with a sensor that measures PM2.5 levels inside the cabin, creating a feature not available in any other car currently on the market.

Indicating the amount of fine particulate matters in the air, PM2.5 is a widely-used measure for air quality that describes fine inhalable particles, with diameters that are generally 2.5 micrometers and smaller. Globally, many urban areas suffer from PM2.5 values that exceed recommended levels by the World Health Organization, underlining the need to minimize their impact.

Available in Canada on 2021 model year Volvos based on the Scalable Product Architecture (SPA) including the XC90

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Worried about air quality amid the wildfires? Use apps, other tech to make it easier to breathe

As wildfires continue to rage out of control across the American West, it’s getting harder and harder to breathe.

General view of Oracle Park before the game between the San Francisco Giants and the Seattle Mariners.

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General view of Oracle Park before the game between the San Francisco Giants and the Seattle Mariners.

Portland, San Francisco, and Seattle hold the top three spots for major cities with the worst air quality in the entire world today, but thousands of towns large and small from Canada to Mexico are also under air quality alerts. Toxic smoky tendrils from the Western fires have even now reached as far away as Vermont. 


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“When entire regions are impacted by unhealthy air quality, the options are limited. There’s nowhere to go,” Melanie Carver, the Chief Mission Officer for the Asthma & Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) told me by email and text message.

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