A Water-Cooled Chip That Concentrates the Sun to Desalinate Water

Anyone who's dropped a cellphone in the bath knows that water and microelectronics don't usually mix well. But at IBM's Swiss lab in Zurich, marrying the two is becoming almost commonplace: microprocessors with water coursing through microchannels carved deep inside them are already crunching data in SuperMUC, an IBM… » 9/25/12 7:47am 9/25/12 7:47am

The Secret Future of Night Vision Tech

Even as an aging tech, night vision is still pretty awesome. But Wired's Noah Shachtman got a rare up-close look at the bleeding edge night vision tech that's in the field and being developed behind closed doors, like über-sensitive digital thermal overlays, maps, mugshots, and footage—all streamed to a single eyepiece. … » 9/14/11 10:20am 9/14/11 10:20am

Japanese Thermal Expert Examines Xbox 360, Figures Out What's Wrong…

Because Microsoft will never admit to any possible overheating problems with their beloved Xbox 360 design, Japanese-based Nikkei hired a thermal design expert to come examine the console. They looked at two—one made in 2005 and one repaired in May 2007. Here's what they found: » 8/06/07 12:22pm 8/06/07 12:22pm