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Here Comes the Sun

When I was a kid, one of my neighbors had a solar radiometer.  It’s a glass bulb about the size of a baseball, with diamond-shaped panels connected to a spindle.   The panels, black on one side and silver on the other, would turn on the spindle when exposed to light.

I enjoyed experimenting with the gizmo, edging it in and out of the sunbeam that shone through a window and onto their kitchen table.  How close to the light did the radiometer need to be for the panels to move? What if I shaded it with a piece of cardboard?  How fast would the spindle turn if I put the radiometer fully in the light? Read More »

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A Shameless Plug: The Art of the Data Center

One of the first things many companies do at the start of a Data Center project is look around to see what other companies have done.  Wouldn’t it be great to have a book that showcases innovative Data Centers and has insights from the people who designed and operate them?

I thought so, too.

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Dinosaur Water And Data Centers

I love it when a small discovery causes me think about the big picture.

I’ve been researching water-related factoids for this week’s Data Center Deconstructed video on hydropower.  Along the way, I uncovered this tidbit from the U.S. Geological Survey: Read More »

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A Reporter’s Least Favorite Story

When I worked as a newspaper reporter, there was one type of story my fellow writers and I always dreaded.

Weather stories.  I’m not talking about covering a major event like a tornado threatening the region or about investigating the impact of a drought on the local agriculture industry.  Those are compelling stories and we were glad to do them. Read More »

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A Current Affair: Data Center Power Options

What would you do if the next time you drove your car, you noticed a small amount of fuel leaking from it?  What if all cars on the road had similar leaks?

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