Last Updated Aug 27, 2007 9:55 AM EDT
Computers get hot -- really hot. In fact, a 2004 study from State University of New York at Stony Brook found that laptops get so blazin' warm that they raise the "lap" temperature of men (id est, in SUNY's own words, "scrotal hyperthermia") by an average of 5 degrees Fahrenheit -- enough to potentially cause reproductive issues, according to the study.
Men who fear their laptop will prevent them from procuring progeny could have hope in a great new technology: ionic wind engines. It's a recent discovery hailing from Purdue University that could have applications in consumer laptops.
Ionic wind engines improve the cooling efficiency of a chip by an astonishing 250%. But there's another benefit: Super-fast microprocessors have largely been hindered by heat. If the technology hits the consumer market, as planned in less than three years, computers could dramatically increase in speed and efficiency, all while helping scores of men maintain their fertility. I hereby dub the resulting generation of healthy babies: Ionic Boomers.
Ionic Wind Effectiveness image courtesy Purdue University