Foiled! Electrician

For a while, Tom Colella had found his escape at the bottom of a bag of crunchy corn snacks. But it was not to last. Earlier this month in western Australia, the Fair Work Commission, a workplace tribunal, found that the electrician — who was fired last year — had indeed been fired for good cause: He had been ditching work …

Legionnaires’ disease

Disneyland has shut down two bacteria-contaminated cooling towers after Orange County health officials discovered several cases of Legionnaires’ disease in people who had visited the Anaheim theme park, authorities said. The 12 cases of the bacteria-caused illness were discovered about three weeks ago among people who had spent time in Anaheim and included nine people who had visited Disneyland Park …

ac using ai

Japan has always been at the forefront when it comes to technology, be it cell phones that offer contactless payments (they had them 15 years ago), robotic toys (remember the Sony Aibo), smart toilets, and more, you can only find it in Japan. The latest to join the bandwagon is an air conditioner from Mitsubishi Electric that is the smartest in …

water-cooling solar panels could lower the cost of air conditioning by 20%

Most of us have heard of solar water heaters. Now, there’s a solar water cooler, and the technology may sharply lower the cost of industrial-scale air conditioning and refrigeration. The new water coolers are panels that sit atop a roof, and they’re made of three components. The first is a plastic layer topped with a silver coating that reflects nearly …