The Arctic is such a gorgeously pure wonderland

Labor Day is near so summer is just about wrapped up which means the idea of cold and winter is just beginning to percolate. And the best part about winter is thinking about it. When you can remember the memories of holidays and taste the hot chocolate and not feel a single drop in temperature because it's not here… » 8/29/14 9:36pm 8/29/14 9:36pm

Why Fire Hydrants Don’t Freeze and Burst During Winter

The fire hydrant that we know today traces its origins back to fire plugs. Water mains that transported fresh water in a city or town used to be made of hollowed out logs buried beneath the streets. Whenever there was a fire and firefighters needed water, they dug up the cobblestone street and drilled a hole into the… » 8/12/14 5:40am 8/12/14 5:40am

Why Minneapolis Is One of America's Best Winter Biking Cities

After two days of sleet and snow, Minneapolis' Midtown Greenway looks like a wrong turn on Ice Road Truckers. Outside the Freewheel Midtown Bike Center, bundled-up fat-bike riders trace circular routes back and forth in front of the building, their barely visible eyes squinting with purpose into the gray air. » 5/08/14 10:40am 5/08/14 10:40am

NASA image and data demonstrates how hard winter has been

In case there was any doubt about it, NASA has confirmed that "ice cover this spring is significantly above normal." And with "significantly" they actually mean "are you freaking kidding me?" When the Aqua satellite passed over Lake Superior on April 20, the lake was 63.5 percent ice covered. Last year it was at 3.6 » 4/24/14 11:14am 4/24/14 11:14am

This Alaskan Frog Can Survive Getting Frozen and Thawed

While human cryogenics is still in its pie-in-the-sky, butt-of-the-joke phase, a frog that lives in Alaska's subzero temperatures can pull off a surprisingly similar feat. Scientists have now documented the wood frog surviving through its longest and coldest states ever. This frog could someday hold the key to… » 4/24/14 9:20am 4/24/14 9:20am

Learning the Lost Art of Ice Harvesting in Maine

In 1805, a twenty-three year-old Bostonian named Frederic Tudor launched a new industry: the international frozen-water trade. Over the next fifty years, he and the men he worked with developed specialized ice-harvesting tools, a global network of thermally engineered ice houses, and a business model that cleverly… » 3/13/14 3:40pm 3/13/14 3:40pm

This Town's Hilltop Mirrors Light It Up With Second-Hand Sunshine

Waking up on a dark winter morning is never fun. But imagine if the sun didn't come up at all. Rjukan, Norway—which is cast into shadow for five months a year—has found a solution. The town is finishing its first winter using a system of mirrors to create an oasis of sunlight during its perpetually dark winter months. » 3/10/14 1:20pm 3/10/14 1:20pm

Russians build a snow plow out of a crappy car—and it works pretty well

Winter came and overstayed its welcome. At what point do we make like the Russians and turn our tiny crappy cars into snow plow sleds? I say the next snow. Just hop on the hood of your car and make a friend drive you through and pummel it. Winter is stupid, this type of stupid fun makes it a little less so. » 2/28/14 11:55pm 2/28/14 11:55pm

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

A Recyclable Cardboard Snowboard That Redefines Shredding

Signal Snowboards has made a name for itself—at least outside of snowboarding circles—with its experiments using unorthodox materials to make decks. The company's glass snowboard was surprisingly resilient on the slopes, as is its latest creation which was actually made from recyclable corrugated cardboard. » 2/20/14 2:20pm 2/20/14 2:20pm