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From jaw-dropping design to wow-inducing technological wizardry, the 2012 World’s Expo in Yeosu, Korea, is brimming with inspiration for exhibit and event professionals. EXHIBITOR Magazine’s Expo 2012 microsite features everything from Expo-related news and FAQs to historic World’s Expo highlights and video footage direct from Yeosu. This site also plays host to EXHIBITOR Magazine’s Expo 2012 Awards, honoring the best the world (well, the World’s Expo, at least) has to offer.
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Cool and the Gang
 
When Willis Carrier demonstrated air conditioning in his igloo-shaped booth at the New York World’s Fair in 1939, the concept had been around since at least the ancient Romans, who helped cool the homes of the wealthy by circulating water through the walls. But it was the Syracuse, NY-based Carrier who made the cooling technology available “for the millions, not just for millionaires” after advances in the 1920s rendered air conditioners practical and affordable for residences. Today, Carrier’s invention is in 82 percent of all U.S. homes, giving millions of us icy-cold comfort.
 
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