Beyond Harmful Gas: The Future of Refrigeration May Rely on ‘Plastic Crystals’

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(Inside Science) — Refrigeration has been around for about 100 years, but hasn’t changed much in that time. A time traveller from the early 1900s would still recognize the big box full of chilled food in your kitchen. But soon, researchers say, new materials could replace refrigeration as we know it, making it more adaptable, efficient and environmentally friendly.

Standard fridges work using a process called vapor compression. A compressor increases the pressure on a gas, which raises i

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