IBEX Launches Today on Man's Most Depressing Space Mission Ever

The IBEX launch » 10/19/08 5:00pm 10/19/08 5:00pm, which we previewed here at Gizmodo last Monday, went off without a hitch today. The ottoman-sized probe was strapped to a rocket that was strapped to the belly of an airplane, which carried it to 40,000 feet. From there, the rocket fired up and took IBEX to an orbit about 200,000 miles up. Fun! But…

Ionic Wind May Help Cool Computers 250% Better Than Regular Wind

Those bullshit ionic air purifiers from Sharper Image may not help relieve your allergies, but ionic wind may help keep your computer cool. Purdue researchers demonstrated that by ionizing air and passing it over the chip, it increased airflow on the surface and cooled them down as much as 250%. The mock chip went… » 8/14/07 3:20pm 8/14/07 3:20pm

Detergentless Haier Washing Machine Uses Ions to Clean Skid Marks

Instead of using detergent, this Haier WasH2O uses ions to get rid of brown and yellow stains in your clothes. The WasH2O breaks up water into OH- and H+ ions, where the OH- "attracts" stains and the H+ ions "sterilize" the clothes. We don't know anything about chemistry, but that sounds like black magic to us. Will… » 8/01/07 2:10pm 8/01/07 2:10pm