K2's Kwicker Splitboard Is the Stuff of Backcountry Powder Dreams

Splitboarding has been around since the mid-'90s as a way to make backcountry snowboarding available to the 99 percent of us who can't afford helicopters. It's essentially a snowboard that splits down the middle, turning into a pair of skis so you can climb uphill when you're far away from a ski lift. When you reach… » 11/08/13 2:00pm 11/08/13 2:00pm

Scientists Discover the Best Skiing In the Solar System

...and it's only a few hundred million miles away. Better fuel up your rocket and get started today, however, because we're talking about Saturn's moon Enceladus and the incredibly fine, snowy powder that covers its surface: » 10/09/11 7:00pm 10/09/11 7:00pm

DPS Attempts to Reinvent the Deep Powder Ski with Cleats and Fat Spoons

When skis when concave, that was a big deal. Aggressive skiers were soon carving deep lines into the hardpack and beginners were getting up and at 'em faster than ever. DPS wants to do that again with their funky Spoon. » 10/02/11 10:00am 10/02/11 10:00am

40 Years Ago, Robots Started Doing Our Dirty Work For Us In Space

Earthlings had scored moon rocks before 1970. NASA's Apollo 11 and 12 missions successfully hauled them back to study—immense scientific accomplishments, of course. One problem. It cost $142 billion in today's dollars. Russia's solution? Send a robot instead. » 9/20/10 8:40pm 9/20/10 8:40pm

Nixie Tubes: (Very) Slightly More Adult Pixy Sticks

The methods of caffeine ingestion range from typical (coffee) to X-TREEM (energy drinks) to sort of hardcore (5-Hour Energy), but none have been outwardly juvenile—until now. » 7/11/09 10:30am 7/11/09 10:30am

Wii Fit Helpin' Us Ski This Summer

With the snow season practically over, we are starting to miss those winter days of snowboarding and hot tubbin'. This summer when the snow is long gone we might actually have an outlet for our snow-sport deprived lives. The Wii Fit. There is a whole set of mini-games that take place on the mountain. With games that… » 4/15/08 6:01am 4/15/08 6:01am

Pig Bladder Powder Regrows Fingers

Lee Spievack accidentally cut off his fingertip working on an airplane. His brother, a research scientist, sent him powder made up partially out of pig's bladder and told him to sprinkle it on his fingertip. The finger regrew itself in four weeks. How did it work? » 3/26/08 6:00pm 3/26/08 6:00pm

Powdered Alcohol Is Bad - But Is it Real?

I don't quite get this one. It appears that there is some sort of powdered alcohol called Sub You—WTF?—available for KIDS TO BUY AND DRINK AND KILL THEMSELVES WITH but I don't quite understand how or why it works. Can you "powder" alcohol? I mean, I don't really care that people are up in arms about it. I'm just stuck… » 8/01/05 5:24pm 8/01/05 5:24pm