Apr 17, 2017

How to dry your clothes with vibrations instead of heat

"Ultrasonic drying" would be a good band name. But it could also become a way for people to save energy and money. Check out this Energy Department primer on their work with GE on using vibrations instead of heat to dry clothes.

How it works: The tech features "piezoelectric transducers – a device that converts electricity to vibration. When voltage is added, the transducers vibrate at a high-frequency and turn the water into a cool mists removed from the fabric."

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Syria's darkest chapter

Family room without a family, in Idlib. Photo: Muhammed Said/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

The worst humanitarian crisis of Syria’s brutal civil war is colliding today with what could be the war’s most dangerous geopolitical showdown, after at least 29 Turkish troops were killed in an airstrike.

The big picture: The fighting is taking place in Idlib in northwest Syria, where a ferocious Syrian and Russian offensive has displaced 1 million civilians and infuriated Turkey, which borders the region.

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Fear of coronavirus pandemic escalates

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In the blink of an eye, we've entered a new phase on the coronavirus.

The big picture: Italy, Iran and South Korea are at "decisive" points in their responses, the World Health Organization said on Thursday.

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