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Many More More-Efficient Computers

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Science  14 Aug 2009:
Vol. 325, Issue 5942, pp. 807
DOI: 10.1126/science.325_807b

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One watt in every 50 now goes to powering computers, and industry leaders are eager to keep that figure from growing. Big savings can still be made by using more-efficient power supplies and automatically putting idling computers into an energy-saving "sleep" mode. But although computers' energy demand has increased, that expenditure must be weighed against the savings it brings to other machines such as cars and refrigerators.