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Compliant Shading Enclosure auto-cools buildings with sun-powered windows

Compliant Shading Enclosure auto-cools buildings with sun-powered windows

As architects try to reduce the amount of energy spent on air conditioning, high-tech electrochromatic glass products that sandwich LCD layers and are dimmable are becoming increasingly common.  Nonetheless, they still suck up power, and so that's why Brent Vander Werf's Compliant Shading Enclosure is so interesting.  A series of fabric apertures sandwiched in-between layers of doubled-glazing, his system relies on bistable springs that flex according to the heat from the sun itself, opening and closing the gaps as they move.

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Apple iPhone HD Prototype’s Sealed Affidavit Now Available to the Public

Apple iPhone HD Prototype’s Sealed Affidavit Now Available to the Public

Possibly the largest story to break this year, or many years before this in fact, has snowballed into what many would consider a ridiculous scenario that's unnecessary, for both sides of the fight. While many of the details regarding the iPhone HD prototype's existence outside a particular site's hands have been hidden by red tape, most of that has now been cleared up, thanks to a push from other sites like Wired and CNET. Through their pressure, judge Clifford Cretan has issued a ruling Friday that made the affidavit and search warrant of Gizmodo Editor Jason Chen's home available to the public. Below, you'll find some of the details of what those documents revealed.

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