Nanofluids Are Cool

We keep hearing more and more about “nano” tech these days. Hell, the pants I just bought claim to offer “nano-care” that’ll help prevent wrinkles and reduce stains. As one blogger put it: “nano” is the new “turbo.”

It’s not all hype, obviously. Take “nanofluids,” a technology being researched at Leeds in the U.K. (among other places) where nano-particles are suspened in water or other fluid (which can then transfer heat 400% faster than a non-nano’d liquid). The resulting nanofluids offer all sorts of cooling applications, from cooling the hardware in super-PC processors to cooling the wetware in your cranium during major surgery. They could even be used to deep freeze cancer cells while leaving surrounding cells unaffected. Protein Feed offers more details.