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  • Fallstreak holes

    Fallstreak holes are a stunning and very rare natural phenomenon. Last November, a Reddit user shared an incredible picture showing one of these wonders of nature in the skies over eastern Victoria, Australia.

    • Publication date : 2016/05/10
  • Out of the Ordinary: Ice Magic

    Ice Magic in Paris is an ice sculpture exhibition. This year's theme was "Around the World". An insulated pavilion at a temperature of -6°C on the Champs-Elysées housed the temporary exhibition featuring the Coliseum, the Parthenon, the...

    • Publication date : 2011/02/11
  • Briefs: Electronic air conditioning

    David Sattler, from Sattler Consulting, a Melbourne-based firm (Australia) was awarded an AUD 80000 federal government grant to further his work on a new type of air conditioner, allowing for large cooling effects (and a heating potential) with...

    • Publication date : 2011/02/11
  • 100 years of superconductivity

    April 8, 2011 marked the 100th anniversary of the discovery of superconductivity by Heike Kammerlingh Onnes. Working in his lab at Leiden University on April 8, 1911, he was experimenting with the electrical...

    • Publication date : 2011/07/26
  • Radiative Cooling in the Sub-Saharan Desert

    A new way of lowering temperatures without using electricity has recently been developed. Iterrae, a French company, has discovered a way of using radiative cooling, a phenomenon that takes place at night, when the Earth is cooled by the 0 K...

    • Publication date : 2007/08/05
  • High-temperature Superconductivity

    Groundbreaking findings on high-temperature superconductivity. A superconductor is a material that can conduct electricity with virtually no resistance. The phenomenon was discovered by Kamerlingh Onnes in 1911 and takes place in certain metals...

    • Publication date : 2007/05/04
  • A possible major step in the quest of room-temperature superconductivity

    Two researcher teams have just reported experiments indicating that a hydride of lanthanum compressed to 1.7 to 1.85 million bar has a critical temperature of 250–260 K (-23 – -13°C).

    • Publication date : 2019/01/31
  • German researchers approach absolute zero

    Physicists at the University of Bremen, Germany have produced the lowest temperature ever recorded, at 38 picoKelvin, which is 38 trillionths of a degree above absolute zero.

    • Publication date : 2021/11/15
    • Subjects: Technology
  • Food waste and the cold chain

    The book “Food Foolish” by J. M. Mandick and E. B. Schultz calls attention to the extraordinary social and environmental opportunities created by wasting less food and the central role of the cold chain in this context.

    • Publication date : 2016/05/18
  • Indian LNG demand shows rapid growth due to high demand

    The Indian Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas claims that LNG accounted for 41% of India’s total gas consumption in 2012 - 2013 and will account50% in 2013 – 2014: a 25% rise.

    • Publication date : 2014/05/21
  • Spacewalkers replace the cooling pumps of the ISS cosmic particle detector

    Two astronauts just finished successfully repairing the cooling pumps of the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer fitted to the International Space Station.

    • Publication date : 2020/02/06
  • Spain: action plans for heating and cooling at local level

    In June 2024, la Fundación Renovables issued a guide to promote sustainable cooling in Spanish cities with more than 45,000 inhabitants. Solutions include installing heat pumps,...

    • Publication date : 2024/07/05
    • Subjects: Regulation, General information
  • Evaporative cooling experimentations in urban areas

    Various researches are currently being conducted to study the impact of evaporative cooling in urban areas.

    • Publication date : 2019/10/30
    • Subjects: Environment, General information
  • Vacuum Insulation Panels: a promising solution for domestic refrigerators

    Thanks to their low thermal conductivity, Vacuum Insulation Panels (VIPs) make it possible to greatly reduce the energy consumption of domestic refrigerators. However, their adoption comes up against problems of...

    • Publication date : 2020/05/27
  • Hydrogen liquefaction using a new magnetic cooling technique.

    A recent study proposes a technique that could be used for hydrogen liquefaction using magnetic refrigeration at low temperatures.

    • Publication date : 2021/04/15
    • Subjects: Technology
  • IIR Corporate members: briefs

    - Air Liquide's new LENOXeTM anaesthetic drug was recently presented at the European Congress of Anaesthesiology in Munich, Germany. It is due for commercial release in 12 European countries by the end of 2007. LENOXeTM is based on xenon (Xe), an...

    • Publication date : 2007/11/20
  • Editorial by Didier Coulomb

    In the previous issue of the Newsletter, I wrote about the conclusions I drew following the 2006 United Nations conferences on ozone depletion and climate change. A recently published important element backs up my conclusions: the Proceedings of...

    • Publication date : 2007/05/04
  • New course on magnetic refrigeration!

    The IIR has just published a new course entitled “Magnetic refrigeration” on its website, in the “Courses and training” section. 

    • Publication date : 2023/06/28
  • Cryogenic nitrogen in the food and beverage industry

    The adoption of cryogenic processes in the food and beverage industry is predominantly driven by liquid nitrogen (LIN), and it is the preferred candidate for food chilling and...

    • Last update : 2023/11/07
    • Langues : English, French
    • Themes : Freezing of foodstuffs