In today's awesomely brutal-sounding material science news, Stanford engineers have created a building material that exploits that "cold darkness of the Universe" to cool itself—even when the sun is shining. Stanford calls it a "cosmic fridge," and it could replace air conditioning.
A heater that follows you around might sound like something out of The Jetsons, but it's very much a reality for an MIT research group that wants to revolutionize the way we heat our buildings. They've invented a system called Local Warming, which tracks your location using Wi-Fi and only heats your immediate…
Okay, so it's not quite the right season, but I've fallen in love with this adorable Kangeri "nomadic radiator." Guide the little guy around the room and let him gently warm up your personal space, kind of like the puppy you can't have because your apartment building won't allow pets.
Baby, it's cold outside. Actually, it's pretty darn chilly inside too. But before you go cranking up the house's thermostat and heating a bunch of empty rooms, take a look at some toe-toasting space heater alternatives.
If you've ever braved London Underground's Northern Line tube service during rush hour, you'll have have experienced the 10th circle of hell that Dante somehow managed to forget.
We all know someone who can never seem to get comfy, no matter the temperature. They're always pulling off sweaters because they're too hot, or cranking up the heat because they're too cold. But soon, salvation for these folks could come in the form of a special wristband that uses a copper heatsink to fool your body…
Seattle is considering the idea of using waste heat from data centers to heat itself, funnelling energy from gigantic server rooms into a new district heating system to keep people warm.
The smart thermostat from Nest just got a little smarter: by teaming up with utility providers, the device can now predict when power will be in high demand and price, and tweak your heating accordingly.
Homeowners in northern states have already had to turn on their furnaces and boilers this fall. And a lot of them are already paying too much to make the house warm and keep the lights on. The thing is, you don't have to be a glutton to waste energy—many homeowners with good intentions still end up blowing money this…
Nest was not the first smart thermostat to reach the hands of consumers. But it was the first that made our parents (and maybe even some of our grandparents) raise an eyebrow. Its cylindrical form and simple GUI are nothing, if not inviting to use, and its ability to learn from your usage habits not only offers…
This summer has already set temperature records around the nation, and we're still in the dog days of August. With money tight, and temperatures high, there's a temptation to test out unconventional ways to beat the the heat. But these odd home remedies can end up wasting energy and costing more money. Here's how to…
An Austrian company has developed a new kind of triple-layer fabric that allows this jacket to keep the wearer either warm or cool depending on how they wear it—making it the perfect accessory for globe-hopping adventurers who prefer to travel light.
Working with Hokkaido University, Kuraray Living has created a soft washable fabric woven with carbon nanotube coated fibers that produces heat when electricity is applied. So when it's perfected, your electric blanket could get a lot less bulky.
Winter's coming and it's getting cold. Time to dust off the ol' heating unit and get your home all nice and toasty. But before you strike a match or turn a dial, make sure you're doing so safely.
Welcome to Vocab Lesson, Gizmodo's new weekly column on words—the ones you've heard, but can't quite define, or the ones you haven't, but might like to hear about. This week's lesson: Thermocouples! (Huh?)
We're always intrigued when a gadget tries to execute its function while simultaneously looking like it doesn't. This Walnut Pause Heater, which uses IR to heat your body, also has built-in speakers.
"It sure is warm and toasty in here! Is that a wood stove?," I asked. "Why no," she replied. "I'm burning the corpses of thousands of bunnies." Then there was an awkward silence.