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"One can see the free software movement as a precusor for a "free hardware" or "free wetware" movement--one that will provide free libraries of designs for biological or nanotechnological products that replicators can be programmed to churn out."
- Charles Stross

Vacuum Wall Compartments  
  Shielding against heat by using walls with evacuated sections.  

A few seconds of exposure to the hellish Mercurian conditions forced no damaging heat through his vacuum-insulated space suit.

He ran to the observatory airlock, worked the knobs to open it. He passed through the double doors to the cool, refrigerated interior of the structure, whose metal walls were heavily shielded against heat by vacuum compartments. Here, Southern explored for several minutes.

Technovelgy from The Achilles Heel, by Raymond Z. Gallun.
Published by Amazing Stories in 1940
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