Wow, careful what you ask for. In our parts recently, we were complaining about the rain and how it did not seem like summer had yet arrived. The last few days has debunked that theory. We have been in the 90's for multiple days now, and we actually broke out the bedroom AC unit yesterday (we do not have central air, so usually have a short period where we use the portable AC units). That brings us to our Science Scene topic, a new design for a ceiling fan that could preclude the need for AC in some places. That souuds pretty innovative to me, and could really help with our energy supply issues.
Making use of the geometry of a helical loop, the Ribbon Ceiling Fan's unique blades are able to focus air in a wider circumference from the fan than current blade fans that tend to push air downwards. The Ribbon also recirculates air with more force, while using the same amount of energy as a blade fan. Another positive feature of the Ribbon is that it uses standard fixtures for installation, making it much easier to replace a standard fan.