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Crazy people chainsawed a frozen lake to make a spinning ice carousel

Winter makes people desperate. Being surrounded by snow for months saps the fun out of the world. Walking on a frozen ice lake is not comforting. But screw it all. Because people need to be, well, people, crazy folks that were sick of winter this year decided to chainsaw up a frozen lake and make a moving carousel on… » 8/06/15 8:20pm 8/06/15 8:20pm

What happens when you put a coin into a block of dry ice

Everything starts shaking and the coin starts to dances around and vibrate and it looks like it’s trying to escape the block of dry ice in a fit of fury. The ol’ science experiment is always fun to see because everything reacts so quickly. What’s actually happening is that the coin warms up the dry ice turning it back… » 7/24/15 1:56pm 7/24/15 1:56pm

Stunning video of Antarctica creates an unsettling mirrored world

At first, when you watch this video of perfectly pristine Antarctica, you can feel something off and even a little unsettling but you don’t know exactly what it is. It’s not until you realize that the world has been mirrored in perfect visual symmetry that you see what’s going on. The coolest thing is that only the… » 7/23/15 3:45pm 7/23/15 3:45pm

Launching a rocket underneath ice is always shatteringly great

I wouldn’t exactly advise everyone to try this when winter comes along again but I’d definitely say that launching a rocket underneath an icy lake is a very not bad way to spend like the forty seventh cold and boring winter day. It’s a little more spectacular than throwing boiling water in the air to watch it freeze,… » 6/03/15 8:20pm 6/03/15 8:20pm

Video: The stunning still beauty of Antarctica

I think heaven on Earth is Antarctica. Or at least, that’s what it looks like to me. It’s so peaceful and serene and beautiful and pure that it looks like an untouched world. Kalle Ljung filmed this view of Antarctica over a 20-day trip and it’s just gorgeous shot after gorgeous shot. The white is so lovely. » 4/27/15 8:40pm 4/27/15 8:40pm

When an Iceberg the Size of a Country Breaks Free, What Happens?

You never forget the first time you see an iceberg. The horizon of a ship at sea is a two dimensional space and to see a three dimensional piece of ice appear in the ocean is quite something. But, in truth, the first iceberg you see is likely to be small. Most icebergs that make it far enough north from Antarctica… » 3/27/15 4:30am 3/27/15 4:30am

This 370-Mile Highway Made of Ice Stretches Through Canada Every Winter

For vast majority of the year, the only way to reach remote but lucrative gold and diamond mines in Canada's northwest is by air. But every winter, something crazy happens. A 370-mile long highway is built almost entirely on ice—and it's strong enough for 70-ton trucks laden with fuel and supplies. » 3/24/15 2:55pm 3/24/15 2:55pm

How To Gain Traction When You're Running or Walking On Snow And Ice

Accidental falls kill 30,208 Americans each year. That's only 3,000 less than car accidents. And the technology exists to utterly eliminate poor-traction in even the worst winter conditions. You can either add it (affordably!) to your existing boots or shoes or buy a dedicated pair and it'll help whether you're just… » 3/16/15 5:39pm 3/16/15 5:39pm

These crazy ice crystals forming on a window make my imagination go wild

There are some pretty nutty patterns that pop up in this time lapse of frost and ice crystals forming on Brenda Loewen's kitchen window. They almost look like the surface of a different planet or a topographical map of miserable wastelands or a microscopic look at creepy organisms. Whatever your imagination sees, it's… » 3/15/15 8:57pm 3/15/15 8:57pm

A Massive Lake Beneath Greenland's Glaciers Has Collapsed

Under Greenland's frozen surface is a vast network of channels, crevasses, and basins—its "glacial plumbing system." A few years ago, the water suddenly disappeared from a subglacial lake, which then collapsed into a funny silhouette that NASA likens to a "mitten," but I think looks more like a waving Yeti. » 3/03/15 5:45pm 3/03/15 5:45pm

When Fire Hose Water Freezes on a Smoldering Building

Yesterday's giant fire in Williamsburg, Brooklyn left a paper records warehouse in tatters. While the building is still smoldering away, the New York Fire Department has been showering it with water from all sides. The cold winter air combined with a cascade of fire hose water makes for an icy freeze that is certainly… » 2/02/15 11:45am 2/02/15 11:45am