The whitest paint ever could replace your A/C

Plus, Black Friday’s early kick-off and bug sends $90M to crypto users

Oct 06, 2021 | Current events | Making change
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Cooler than cool

The newest way to go green at home could be with a simple coat of paint. A team of engineers at Purdue University created the whitest paint in the world. It’s so white it could reduce the need for A/C (hello, lower energy bill). That’s the goal, at least. Where typical paints absorb heat, this ultra-white formula reflects 98.1% of sunlight while releasing infrared heat. Because it absorbs less heat than it emits, the paint leaves a surface cooler than its environment. And with a cooling power of 10 kilowatts, it could replace household air conditioners in some homes. There are similar paints currently on the market, but they only reflect 80-90% of sunlight, and they can’t cool surrounding surfaces. Both of which are key for reducing global warming.

This method of energy conservation isn’t new. New York has already coated nearly 10 million square feet of rooftops to fight high temps. And Los Angeles has dropped $40,000 per mile to paint streets white. Turns out, black asphalt consumes 80-95% of the sun’s rays — cooking an already hot city. This new, ultra-white paint isn’t available for sale quite yet, but the researchers and their partners are working on bringing it to a store near you.

ICYMI

  • Return to sender: A bug accidentally sent $90M to users on the crypto platform Compound — and the firm wants its money back.
  • Bag it: Black Friday creep kicked off 53 days ahead of schedule as retailers anticipate supply chain shocks and empty shelves come December.
  • Jediland: Disney is opening an immersive Star Wars-themed hotel, coined the Galactic Starcruiser, with an out-of-this-world price tag of $1,209 per person, per night.
  • Housepiracy: A real estate agent posted a TikTok accusing an unnamed company of manipulating housing prices to line its own pockets.
  • Bolivar: Venezuela debuted a new currency that shed six zeros as the International Monetary Fund signaled its inflation rate could hit 5,500% by year’s end.

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