Misunderestimating the Future: Crystal structure improves air conditioning

Scanning Transmission Electron Microscope image of interlaced crystalline structure. (Wu Zhou/ORNL)
...a team of researchers from Vanderbilt University and Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) now reports that it has discovered an entirely new form of crystalline order that simultaneously exhibits both crystal and polycrystalline properties, which they describe as 'interlaced crystals.'

...The interlaced crystal arrangement has properties that make it ideal for thermoelectric applications that turn heat into electricity, they report. The discovery of materials with improved thermoelectric efficiency could increase the efficiency of ... air conditioning.
2014-Nov-14 http://news.vanderbilt.edu/2014/11/new-form-of-crystalline-order/