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"A Summary" – Apr 2, 2011 (Kryon channeled by Lee Carroll) (Subjects: Religion, Shift of Human Consciousness, 2012, Intelligent/Benevolent Design, EU, South America, 5 Currencies, Water Cycle (Heat up, Mini Ice Ace, Oceans, Fish, Earthquakes ..), Middle East, Internet, Israel, Dictators, Palestine, US, Japan (Quake/Tsunami Disasters , People, Society ...), Nuclear Power Revealed, Hydro Power, Geothermal Power, Moon, Financial Institutes (Recession, Realign integrity values ..) , China, North Korea, Global Unity,..... etc.) -
"The Quantum Factor" – Apr 10, 2011 (Kryon channeled by Lee Carroll) (Subjects: Galaxies, Universe, Intelligent design, Benevolent design, Aliens, Nikola Tesla (Quantum energy), Inter-Planetary Travel, DNA, Genes, Stem Cells, Cells, Rejuvenation, Shift of Human Consciousness, Spontaneous Remission, Religion, Dictators, Africa, China, Nuclear Power, Sustainable Development, Animals, Global Unity.. etc.) - (Text Version)

“ … Here is another one. A change in what Human nature will allow for government. "Careful, Kryon, don't talk about politics. You'll get in trouble." I won't get in trouble. I'm going to tell you to watch for leadership that cares about you. "You mean politics is going to change?" It already has. It's beginning. Watch for it. You're going to see a total phase-out of old energy dictatorships eventually. The potential is that you're going to see that before 2013.

They're going to fall over, you know, because the energy of the population will not sustain an old energy leader ..."

(Live Kryon Channelings was given 7 times within the United Nations building.)

"Update on Current Events" – Jul 23, 2011 (Kryon channelled by Lee Carroll) - (Subjects: The Humanization of God, Gaia, Shift of Human Consciousness, 2012, Benevolent Design, Financial Institutes (Recession, System to Change ...), Water Cycle (Heat up, Mini Ice Ace, Oceans, Fish, Earthquakes ..), Nuclear Power Revealed, Geothermal Power, Hydro Power, Drinking Water from Seawater, No need for Oil as Much, Middle East in Peace, Persia/Iran Uprising, Muhammad, Israel, DNA, Two Dictators to fall soon, Africa, China, (Old) Souls, Species to go, Whales to Humans, Global Unity,..... etc.)

"Recalibration of Free Choice"– Mar 3, 2012 (Kryon Channelling by Lee Caroll) - (Subjects: (Old) Souls, Midpoint on 21-12-2012, Shift of Human Consciousness, Black & White vs. Color, 1 - Spirituality (Religions) shifting, Loose a Pope “soon”, 2 - Humans will change react to drama, 3 - Civilizations/Population on Earth, 4 - Alternate energy sources (Geothermal, Tidal (Paddle wheels), Wind), 5 – Financials Institutes/concepts will change (Integrity – Ethical) , 6 - News/Media/TV to change, 7 – Big Pharmaceutical company will collapse “soon”, (Keep people sick), (Integrity – Ethical) 8 – Wars will be over on Earth, Global Unity, … etc.) - (Text version)

“… 4 - Energy (again)

The natural resources of the planet are finite and will not support the continuation of what you've been doing. We've been saying this for a decade. Watch for increased science and increased funding for alternate ways of creating electricity (finally). Watch for the very companies who have the most to lose being the ones who fund it. It is the beginning of a full realization that a change of thinking is at hand. You can take things from Gaia that are energy, instead of physical resources. We speak yet again about geothermal, about tidal, about wind. Again, we plead with you not to over-engineer this. For one of the things that Human Beings do in a technological age is to over-engineer simple things. Look at nuclear - the most over-engineered and expensive steam engine in existence!

Your current ideas of capturing energy from tidal and wave motion don't have to be technical marvels. Think paddle wheel on a pier with waves, which will create energy in both directions [waves coming and going] tied to a generator that can power dozens of neighborhoods, not full cities. Think simple and decentralize the idea of utilities. The same goes for wind and geothermal. Think of utilities for groups of homes in a cluster. You won't have a grid failure if there is no grid. This is the way of the future, and you'll be more inclined to have it sooner than later if you do this, and it won't cost as much….”

"Fast-Tracking" - Feb 8, 2014 (Kryon Channelling by Lee Carroll) - (Reference to Fukushima / H-bomb nuclear pollution and a warning about nuclear > 20 Min)

Obama unveils landmark regulations to combat climate change

Obama unveils landmark regulations to combat climate change
In a bid to combat climate change, US President Barack Obama announced the Clean Power Plan on Monday, marking the first time power plants have been targeted by mandatory regulations on carbon dioxide emissions in the US.
Google: Earthday 2013

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Liquid cooling to cut Internet energy use

Deutsche Welle, 19 March 2013

Researchers in the UK believe the energy needed to cool global data centers run by giants like Facebook and Google could be cut by more than 90 percent by replacing air cooling with non-conductive liquids.

The energy needed to run the Internet and other cloud computing storage systems is estimated to represent around two percent of the world's total energy consumption.

More than half of that is spent on running fans to cool down electronics in servers, which run hot, just like in personal computers.

Now a small British startup-company, Iceotope, is proposing their liquid-based cooling technology could dramatically cut the energy needed for cooling, while re-using the heat taken out of the computers. 

"If we just look at the data centers - those factories of cats doing strange things on YouTube - the latest research suggests that this year alone those will consume 43 gigawatts of energy. It's the equivalent to around 90 medium-sized nuclear power stations," Iceotope's Richard Barrington told DW.

"More than half of that energy globally is used just to cool the computers," says Barrington. "So half of it is productive, the other half in one sense is unproductive. And then all the heat that is actually generated at the moment is just thrown away."

Barrington believes using liquid rather than air cooling could be more than 1,000 times more energy efficient, saving data storage companies money and reducing their carbon footprint.
It would represent a reduction in energy used for cooling of between 80 and 97 percent.

Immersing electronics

Anyone who has used a laptop will know how hot even a small computer can get.

 Iceotope's Jon Summers (right) and Richard Barrington (left)

Although using fans to cool electronics down is not particularly efficient, it is the solution used in most of the world's computers.

Iceotope teamed up with researchers at the University of Leeds in the North of England to investigate how to immerse the heat-generating electronics in a liquid, which would not damage them.

"We use a liquid which has a high dielectric strength - it doesn't conduct electricity," explained Dr Jon Summers at the school of mechanical engineering at the University of Leeds.

To demonstrate, he filled a beaker with the liquid and sank a mobile telephone into it.

"It's a fully operational mobile phone. And one of the things we can do to test that it is still alive is to ring it while it's inside the liquid," explained Dr Summers. The mobile telephone did indeed still work, and appeared entirely undamaged when taken back out of the liquid.

Closed, recyclable system

Large data centers can house hundreds, sometimes thousands of computer server racks.
A typical server rack is the size of a wardrobe and houses around 40 individual servers - large computers that are far more powerful than your household variety.

In the Iceotope system each server is completely enclosed and the liquid is contained within - just like a laptop computer filled with liquid rather than air.

The servers' liquid cooling system links up when they are plugged in, and it only takes an 80 watt pump to circulate the liquid around all of the servers in one rack.

"The system is a totally encapsulated solution, so the liquid is always there - it doesn't evaporate," says Summers.

Other liquid cooling systems submerge servers in big, open tanks of liquid, which are prone to evaporation and are also incompatible with existing data centers.

Servers heating buildings

But slashing electricity usage for cooling is only one half of the solution the Leeds researchers and Iceotope are looking at.

The heat generating by the machines still has to go somewhere.

While fans just blow hot air out of a building, this new system uses heat exchangers which pass the heat picked up by the non-conductive cooling liquid over to a separate loop, which uses ordinary water.

 Iceotope's liquid cooling is being used to cool two servers
systems - but it could soon be more

"It is low grade heat, but we find ways to use it," says Dr Nikil Kapur, who is responsible for the project's heat recycling research. "It would be ideal for space heating or underfloor heating for residential apartments. Other uses for low grade heat includes things like greenhouses, tomato growing is one that we often see."

The Iceotope server installed at the University of Leeds heats up two conventional radiators.

Arctic air

Data giants like Google and Facebook are already looking at ways of slashing the enormous costs of cooling their giant data centers. Google recently unveiled plans for new data centers in the Arctic north, making use of the cooler air there.

Richard Barrington from Iceotope welcomes the development, but believes Google's solution too is unsustainable in the long run.

"We can't put all the data centers in the far north," Barrington says.

"There isn't sufficient capacity of people, power and floor space to do that. And we still need data centers in the Middle East, in high temperature environments. Emerging economies where they want to develop their own infrastructure, they're not going to want to ship it out to Norway or Iceland."   

So far Iceotope has only installed two fully working liquid cooled server systems. One at the University of Leeds and one at a university in Poland. It is not exactly making a dent in the world's enormous computer energy consumption - yet.

But if this technology can be proven to work on a large scale, and giants like Google and Facebook come knocking, the future of global computing could be looking far cheaper and greener than it is today.

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“… New ideas are things you never thought of. These ideas will be given to you so you will have answers to the most profound questions that your societies have had since you were born. Inventions will bring clean water to every Human on the planet, cheaply and everywhere. Inventions will give you power, cheaply and everywhere. These ideas will wipe out all of the reasons you now have for pollution, and when you look back on it, you'll go, "This solution was always there. Why didn't we think of that? Why didn't we do this sooner?" Because it wasn't time and you were not ready. You hadn't planted the seeds and you were still battling the old energy, deciding whether you were going to terminate yourselves before 2012. Now you didn't…. and now you didn't.

It's funny, what you ponder about, and what your sociologists consider the "great current problems of mankind", for your new ideas will simply eliminate the very concepts of the questions just as they did in the past. Do you remember? Two hundred years ago, the predictions of sociologists said that you would run out of food, since there wasn't enough land to sustain a greater population. Then you discovered crop rotation and fertilizer. Suddenly, each plot of land could produce many times what it could before. Do you remember the predictions that you would run out of wood to heat your homes? Probably not. That was before electricity. It goes on and on.

So today's puzzles are just as quaint, as you will see. (1)How do you strengthen the power grids of your great nations so that they are not vulnerable to failure or don't require massive infrastructure improvement expenditures? Because cold is coming, and you are going to need more power. (2) What can you do about pollution? (3) What about world overpopulation? Some experts will tell you that a pandemic will be the answer; nature [Gaia] will kill off about one-third of the earth's population. The best minds of the century ponder these puzzles and tell you that you are headed for real problems. You have heard these things all your life.

Let me ask you this. (1) What if you could eliminate the power grid altogether? You can and will. (2) What if pollution-creating sources simply go away, due to new ideas and invention, and the environment starts to self-correct? (3) Overpopulation? You assume that humanity will continue to have children at an exponential rate since they are stupid and can't help themselves. This, dear ones, is a consciousness and education issue, and that is going to change. Imagine a zero growth attribute of many countries - something that will be common. Did you notice that some of your children today are actually starting to ponder if they should have any children at all? What a concept! ….”

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