Microsoft has a radical plan to change the way we power content on the internet. And it involves installing data centers in the ocean.

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We use data centers for just about everything we see on the web: websites, images, videos, and software are all powered by servers that can both store and ship tons of data in mere seconds.

But according to The New York Times, Microsoft's scientific research arm is investigating how to make data centers more efficient. 

The company's big idea: Since data centers need to keep their servers cool at all times, and since roughly half of the world's population lives within 125 miles of the ocean, why not put data centers in the ocean?

Microsoft is still reportedly in the early stages of what it calls "Project Natick," but the company has a lot of good reasons as to why this idea will be successful. Check it out: 

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