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Climate change is on everyone’s minds these days, what with the outer Bay Area on fire, orange skies above San Francisco, and a hurricane season that is bearing down on the East Coast with alacrity (and that’s just the United States in the past two weeks). A major — and growing — source of those emissions is data centers , the cloud infrastructure that powers most of our devices and experiences. That’s led to some novel ideas, such as Microsoft’s underwater data center Project Natick , which just came back to the surface for testing a bit more than a week ago. Yet, for all the fun experiments, there is a bit more of an obvious solution: just make the chips more energy efficient. That’s ... Full story

24 September