Witness the Birth of a Snowflake

One of the more technically creative time lapses we've seen in a long while, Snowtime is a 2-minute "microscopic time-lapse" by Vyacheslav Ivanov that captures the mesmerizing bloom of budding ice crystals in all their hexagonal glory. » 2/22/14 6:55pm 2/22/14 6:55pm

Watching ice crystals melt is like seeing a psychedelic kaleidoscope

I'd like to have whatever these ice crystals are having because damn it's quite the trip. The video of these ice crystals melting was taken by Shawn Knol using cross-polarized light which I'm going to assume is some code word for really powerful drugs and not actually some super slick microscope. » 2/21/14 11:04pm 2/21/14 11:04pm

Here's How All That Winter Road Salt Is Made

Road salt has been a point of contention lately, what with all this wintry weather. If you live in a snowy climate, you're probably used to seeing warehouses and dump trucks full of the stuff. But where does all that ice-melting goodness come from? National Geographic brings us this fascinating, oddly soothing video… » 2/20/14 6:00pm 2/20/14 6:00pm

Ice-Climbing Structures Are Mind-Blowing Experimental Architecture

The design and fabrication of artificial ice-climbing structures is an incredibly creative yet widely overlooked form of experimental architecture. The resulting constructions are often astonishing: ice-covered loops, ledges, branches, and towers reminiscent of the playful 1960s experiments of Archigram, yet serving as … » 2/20/14 12:40pm 2/20/14 12:40pm

What it looks like to go down a luge track at a blazing 80mph

Bumpy. Dangerously fast as hell. And it looks like the luger will careen off the course at any given moment.Doubles luger Matthew Mortenson put on a helmet cam on a ride down the luge track in Sochi to show us what it's like to go zooming down sloping slick ice on your back and while it looks like a fun roller coaster… » 2/14/14 9:01pm 2/14/14 9:01pm

Coolest band in the world plays with musical instruments made from ice

What's cooler than being cool? Ice cold. Exactly. The Swedish town of Luleå took that saying literally because they formed an incredible ice orchestra called Ice Music that uses musical instruments sculpted from ice—yes, ice—to performs songs inside a concert hall that's basically an igloo. » 2/07/14 12:28am 2/07/14 12:28am

U.S. Soldiers In Iraq Were Fed Ice From Unsanitized Morgue Containers

U.S. soldiers have been on the receiving end of some pretty gruesome news over the past few days. As part of a Justice Department suit against military contractor Kellogg, Brown and Root, it's been revealed that soldiers serving in Iraq in 2003 and 2004 consumed ice from unsanitized containers that also served as… » 1/31/14 4:20pm 1/31/14 4:20pm